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11/13/2018 09:00 AM EDUCATION

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09:00:24 AM Start
09:02:01 AM Presentation(s): Early and Middle College Schools
03:00:22 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Joint with the House Education Committee TELECONFERENCED
I. Call to Order
II. Opening Remarks and Introduction
III. National Organization Presentations
Dr. Annalies Corbin, PhD, President and CEO
PAST Foundation
Demaree Michelau, Director of Policy Analysis
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Ed
Marilyn Villalobos, Research Analyst II
Education Program, NCSL
Jennifer Zinth, Principal: High School and STEM
Education Commission of the States
IV. In-State Institutions
Jim Johnsen, President, University of Alaska
Stephanie Butler, Executive Director
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Norm Wooten, Executive Director
Association of Alaska School Boards
V. School Districts
Dr. Deena M. Bishop, Superintendent
Anchorage School District
Dr. Larry LeDoux, Superintendent
Kodiak Island Borough School District
Dr. Mel Levan, Principal, Kodiak High School
Melissa Haffeman, Principal, Kodiak Middle School
Amy Spargo, Asst. Superintendent of Instruction
Mat-Su Borough School District
Greg Giauque, Principal, Mat-Su Middle College
VI. Closing Remarks and Final Discussion
VII. Adjourn
                     ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                 
                          JOINT MEETING                                                                                       
                HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                            
               SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                            
                        November 13, 2018                                                                                       
                            9:00 a.m.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Harriet Drummond, Chair (via teleconference)                                                                    
 Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                      
 Representative David Talerico (via teleconference)                                                                             
 Representative Lora Reinbold (alternate)                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 Senator Gary Stevens, Chair                                                                                                    
 Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                          
 Senator John Coghill                                                                                                           
 Senator Tom Begich (via teleconference)                                                                                        
 Senator Shelley Hughes                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Justin Parish, Vice Chair                                                                                       
 Representative Tiffany Zulkosky                                                                                                
 Representative Ivy Spohnholz                                                                                                   
 Representative Jennifer Johnston                                                                                               
 Representative Geran Tarr (alternate)                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 All members present                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PRESENTATION(S): EARLY AND MIDDLE COLLEGE SCHOOLS                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER ZINTH, Principal:  High School and STEM                                                                                
Commission of the States                                                                                                        
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented on Early/Middle College and Dual                                                               
Enrollment: A National Perspective.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MARILYN VILLALOBOS, Research Analysis II, Education Program                                                                     
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)                                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented on Middle and Early Colleges.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ANNALIES CORBIN, PhD, Founder, President & CEO                                                                                  
Founder, President, and CEO                                                                                                     
The PAST Foundation                                                                                                             
Columbus, Ohio                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented on Transforming Learning: Middle                                                               
and Early College Models.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DEMAREE MICHELAU, PhD,                                                                                                          
Incoming President                                                                                                              
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented on Earning Postsecondary Credit                                                                
while in High School: Increasing Student Success in Alaska.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
JAMES "JIM" R. JOHNSEN, President                                                                                               
Statewide Programs & Services                                                                                                   
University of Alaska (UAA)                                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented on UA Bridging Programs.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
STEPHANIE BUTLER, Executive Director                                                                                            
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE)                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented on Alaska Commission on                                                                        
Postsecondary Education Middle College and Bridging Programs.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REBEKAH MATROSOVA, Director                                                                                                     
Outreach & Early Awareness                                                                                                      
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE)                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions during the presentation                                                               
on ACPE.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
NORM WOOTEN, Executive Director                                                                                                 
Association of Alaska School Boards                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified on the Association of Alaska                                                                   
School Boards and Middle Colleges.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
DEENA BISHOP, PhD., Superintendent                                                                                              
Anchorage School District (ASD)                                                                                                 
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented on the Anchorage School District                                                               
Middle College programs.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
KATHY MOFFITT, Director                                                                                                         
Administrative Projects                                                                                                         
Anchorage School District (ASD)                                                                                                 
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions in the presentation on                                                                
Anchorage School Board.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DR. LARRY LEDOUX, Superintendent                                                                                                
Kodiak Island Borough School District (KIBSD)                                                                                   
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented on Kodiak Middle College: Design.                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MELISSA HAFFEMAN, Principal                                                                                                     
Kodiak Middle School                                                                                                            
Kodiak Island Borough School District (KIBSD)                                                                                   
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented on Kodiak Middle College.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DR. MEL LEVAN, Principal                                                                                                        
Kodiak High School                                                                                                              
Kodiak Island Borough School District (KIBSD)                                                                                   
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions in the presentation on                                                                
the Kodiak Middle College.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
AMY SPARGO, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction                                                                             
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District                                                                                       
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented on Middle Colleges.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
GREG GIAUQUE, Principal                                                                                                         
Mat-Su Middle College                                                                                                           
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented on MSB Program Design.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:00:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GARY STEVENS  called the  joint meeting  of the Senate  and                                                            
House  Education  Standing  Committees   to  order  at  9:00  a.m.                                                              
Representative   Kopp  was   present   at  the   call  to   order.                                                              
Representative   Reinbold    (alternate),   and    Drummond   (via                                                              
teleconference)   arrived  as   the  meeting   was  in   progress.                                                              
Senators  Giessel, Coghill,  Hughes, and  Stevens were present  at                                                              
the  call to  order.    Senator  and Begich  (via  teleconference)                                                              
arrived after the meeting was in progress.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^PRESENTATION(S): Early and Middle College Schools                                                                              
        PRESENTATION(S): Early and Middle College Schools                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:02:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS announced  that the only order of  business would be                                                              
a series of presentations on Early and Middle College Schools.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:04:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER ZINTH,  Principal:  High  School and STEM,  Commission of                                                              
the   States,  presented   on   Early/Middle   College  and   Dual                                                              
Enrollment: A National  Perspective.  She described  the national,                                                              
non-partisan organization and its activities.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ZINTH  addressed definitions  in  slides  6 through  10.  She                                                              
defined dual enrollment  as postsecondary (PS) courses  offered to                                                              
high  school students,  often for  both  high school  (HS) and  PS                                                              
credit.  She  explained that Early College and  Middle College are                                                              
terms which  are used interchangeably  in some states,  whereas in                                                              
other states, they refer to different models.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
       • Early college: Programs beginning in grade 9,                                                                          
          offering structured course sequence leading to                                                                        
          AA/AS, certificate or 60 credit hrs.                                                                                  
       • Middle college: Students may start later than                                                                          
          grade 9, some college classes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH  compared the definitions  of dual enrollment  and early                                                              
college  in  slides 7-8.    She  distinguished  each in  terms  of                                                              
location,  student  grade  level,   eligibility  criteria,  target                                                              
populations,  curriculum/course  selection,  credit  accumulation,                                                              
area of program focus, and guidance/advising.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:10:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH stated that for the purposes of the presentation:                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
      • "Early college models" = dual enrollment, middle                                                                        
          college HS, early college HS                                                                                          
        • "Dual enrollment" = students take individual                                                                          
          course                                                                                                                
       • "Early college HS" = Highly structured cohort-                                                                         
          style 4-6-year programs                                                                                               
        • "Middle college HS" = Less structured cohort-                                                                         
          style programs                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:11:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH spoke to Rationale for early college (EC) models in                                                                   
slides 11-12.  She stated that data indicates EC models                                                                         
increase:                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
        • Students aspirations                                                                                                  
        • Awareness of PS expectations, norms                                                                                   
        • College-readiness                                                                                                     
        • Postsecondary matriculation                                                                                           
        • Postsecondary persistence, completion                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH specified that those increases are amongst                                                                            
students with a similar GPA and coursework.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH stated that the EC models reduce:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
        • Postsecondary remediation rates                                                                                       
             o In areas in which students demonstrated                                                                          
               college-readiness                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH further stated that the models may reduce:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
        • Excess PS credits                                                                                                     
        • Time to degree                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH described the state of dual enrollment policy                                                                         
nationally in slide 13:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
        • Dual enrollment programs in every state                                                                               
        • State policy: 48 states and DC                                                                                        
           o AK and NY state without state DE program                                                                           
        • Policies and guidance vary in:                                                                                        
             o Breadth                                                                                                          
             o Specificity vs local control                                                                                     
             o Locus                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:15:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH spoke briefly to sources of state dual enrollment                                                                     
policy.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     • State  statute   (K-12    and/or   higher    ed.,                                                                        
          occasionally labor/workforce)                                                                                         
        • State appropriations                                                                                                  
        • State board regulations (K-12 and/or higher ed.)                                                                      
        • Executive orders (on occasion)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH further described those which are not strictly policy                                                                 
but which impact programs:                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
        • Policy manuals/governing documents                                                                                    
        • "Guidelines" or "standards"                                                                                           
        • Legislative study committees/task forces                                                                              
        • MOUs                                                                                                                  
        • "Initiatives"                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH described the state of early college HS policy in                                                                     
slide 16:                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
        • 5 states with relatively comprehensive policies                                                                       
             o IN, MI, NC, TN, TX                                                                                               
        • PTECH                                                                                                                 
             o Codified in CO, MD, TX; active in other                                                                          
               states                                                                                                           
        • Additional states:                                                                                                    
             o Other early college programs active                                                                              
             o Little   to   no    dedicated   state   policy                                                                   
               structure                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH explained the PTECH model is Pathways in                                                                              
Technology Early College High School.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS ZINTH spoke to the state of middle college HS policy in                                                                      
slide 17:                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
        • State policies:                                                                                                       
             o CA, CT, TN                                                                                                       
        • Additional states:                                                                                                    
             o Programs active                                                                                                  
             o Little   or   no    dedicated   state   policy                                                                   
               structure                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:17:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH  spoke to  best practices which  had been  identified by                                                              
the Education Commission  of the States.  She said  the states who                                                              
had  more  students  in dual  enrollment  programs  seem  to  have                                                              
common areas  of policy.   She added the  same is true  for states                                                              
with early college models.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH moved  to slide 19 showing dual enrollment  model policy                                                              
components:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
        • Access                                                                                                                
        • Finance                                                                                                               
        • Ensuring Course Quality                                                                                               
        • Transfer                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:20:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH  spoke to key policy  considerations of  dual enrollment                                                              
in  the  remaining   slides,  which  read  as   follows  [original                                                              
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          Before policy adoption:                                                                                               
             • Articulate purpose of program                                                                                    
                  o For students unsure of post-HS plans?                                                                       
                o For middle-achieving students?                                                                                
                o First-generation college-goes?                                                                                
             • Communicate  with     key    state,    local                                                                     
               stakeholders on rationale for, value of                                                                          
               early college                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH  explained that  when the  programs emerged  in the                                                                   
1990s, they were  directed to students who  were academically                                                                   
ahead.    Since  then,  they  had  been  directed  at  first-                                                                   
generation college-goers.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH spoke to key policy considerations regarding                                                                          
access in slides 21-22:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     • Notification    critical,      especially      to                                                                        
          participation of first-gen college-goers                                                                              
        • Notification to all students/parents, not just                                                                        
             o Students (include parents)                                                                                       
             o Eligible students                                                                                                
        • Beyond notification that program exists                                                                               
           o Participation benefits/responsibilities                                                                            
     • Counseling/advising  critical,   especially    to                                                                        
          participation of first-gen college-goers                                                                              
         • Ohio: All students assigned PS institution                                                                           
          advisor and required to meet at least once before                                                                     
          course drop date on:                                                                                                  
             o Academic resources available to assist                                                                           
               students                                                                                                         
             o Availability of advisor after meeting                                                                            
             o How to engage faculty, campus resources for                                                                      
               academic assistance                                                                                              
             o PSI institution's handbook, codes of conduct                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH said the Ohio example was much more specific than                                                                     
other states' requirements.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:23:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH spoke to key policy considerations regarding finance                                                                  
on slides 23-24, which read as follows [original punctuation                                                                    
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          Who pays tuition? Various funding models:                                                                             
             • Local decision                                                                                                   
             • State pays                                                                                                       
             • District pays                                                                                                    
             • Combination of district and student                                                                              
             • Combination of state and student                                                                                 
             • States with "same" funding model vary                                                                            
               specifics                                                                                                        
             • Different questions states must consider to                                                                      
               ensure "fit" and sustainability of model                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH moved to key policy considerations regarding course                                                                   
quality in slide 25, which read as follows [original punctuation                                                                
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
        • State policies on qualifications for HS teachers                                                                      
             o State policies fall along spectrum from                                                                          
               local control to very specific                                                                                   
             o Ideally mirror requirements set by regional                                                                      
               accreditation body (NWCCU)                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH added that in some instances, that a high school                                                                      
instructor is held to the same requirements as a                                                                                
postsecondary faculty member.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.   ZINTH  spoke   to   key  policy   considerations   regarding                                                              
transferability  in  slide 26,  which  read as  follows  [original                                                              
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     • Without guarantee of course transferability, lost                                                                        
          investment of                                                                                                         
             o Student time                                                                                                     
             o Instructor time                                                                                                  
             o State (potentially student funds)                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:26:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS asked  how many  people  in the  audience were  the                                                              
first person in  their family to go to college  [some raised their                                                              
hands.]   He  mentioned that  he had  asked that  question in  St.                                                              
Petersburg,  Russia, and  had discovered  that  there, only  those                                                              
whose father had attended college also did.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  spoke to the  importance of parental  knowledge and                                                              
mentioned  the benefit  of saving  a  year of  college tuition  by                                                              
earning credit in high school.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:28:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL  said it sounds  like an incremental  step towards                                                              
the European model  of instruction in which students  are assessed                                                              
in middle school and put into "tracks".                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH  answered, "Not necessarily."   She gave the  example of                                                              
New Hampshire  which had adopted  a STEM-focused course  path. She                                                              
added  this involved  standard coursework  and  CTE STEM  courses.                                                              
She   suggested   community   colleges    are   applying   similar                                                              
eligibility   criteria   [to   high   school   students]   as   to                                                              
matriculating students.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENTATOR GIESSEL  said the  availability to  enroll in  UA courses                                                              
has been around  for many years.  She said she  has concerns about                                                              
the  costs  and  government  involvement  in  paying  for  college                                                              
credits  while   already  obliged   to  offer  free   high  school                                                              
instruction.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS answered  that the university classes  would be paid                                                              
for through the foundation formula.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:31:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES asked  whether there are states in  which the extra                                                              
tuition is costing more than the formula.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH  answered  that in Colorado,  the school  board  pays no                                                              
more than resident  community college tuition.   Other states have                                                              
looked  at  dual  enrollment  as a  strategy  for  involving  more                                                              
students  in postsecondary  education.    She stated  Indiana  has                                                              
over 60 percent  dual enrollment. She explained in  that model the                                                              
community college  does not  charge any  tuition, but  the college                                                              
reports  a headcount  to the  legislature who  will reimburse  the                                                              
students.  For  courses  offered  outside  the  community  college                                                              
system, students  pay up  to 25  dollars per  credit hour  but are                                                              
reimbursed.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  asked whether the  university is taking  more than                                                              
the local formula.   She asked whether local and  state funding is                                                              
the same as for a student who is only attending high school.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH  answered that North  Carolina schools receive  the same                                                              
per-pupil funding  as for a  HS student, university  receives same                                                              
state funding  as for regular  postsecondary students.   She added                                                              
that  courses are  limited  so that  students  aren't "piling  up"                                                              
credits that  don't go  anywhere.  She  indicated this  would also                                                              
address inflation of fees in subsequent years.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:36:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  brought  up scholarships  and asked whether  they                                                              
can be applied to dual enrollment programs.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. ZINTH  answered that  Alabama created a  program for  CTE dual                                                              
enrollment  scholarship  but contributions  to  the  fund had  not                                                              
been  well  communicated  to  industry  so  there  were  not  many                                                              
contributions.    She  added  that   Kansas  Department  of  Labor                                                              
creates  a  list  of  courses,   particularly  high-demand  areas,                                                              
towards  credentials in  those areas.    She said  the state  also                                                              
contributes to licensing fees.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  suggested the need  to address not  only college-                                                              
readiness, but work readiness and credentialing.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:40:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS mentioned  student  readiness.   He said  districts                                                              
are often  blamed for  sending students  to college without  being                                                              
prepared.  He asked for information regarding remediation.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ZINTH answered  that  some states  do  allow dual  enrollment                                                              
programs  to offer  courses on  a  co-requisite model.   She  said                                                              
college-level  material is  delivered by  a college professor  for                                                              
part of the  week and an adjunct  high school instructor  for part                                                              
of the week.   She added states  had shown great success  with the                                                              
model.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:45:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARILYN  VILLALOBOS,  Research  Analysis  II,  Education  Program,                                                              
National  Conference of  State Legislatures  (NCSL), presented  on                                                              
Middle  and Early  Colleges.   She  paraphrased  from her  written                                                              
testimony [included  in committee members' packets]  which read as                                                              
follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     I  am a  Research Analyst  in  NCSL's education  program                                                                   
     and  I  specialize  in post-secondary  topics  such  as,                                                                   
     early  and middle  colleges,  postsecondary  governance,                                                                   
     post-secondary funding models, campus safety, and                                                                          
     undocumented student tuition.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     NCSL   is   the   bi-partisan   organization   for   all                                                                   
     legislators  and  staff  of   the  nation's  50  states,                                                                   
     territories   and  commonwealths.   We  are  a   trusted                                                                   
     resource  for  comprehensive  and unbiased  research  on                                                                   
     state policies and legislative institutions.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     I'm going to  talk today largely about state  efforts on                                                                   
     middle  and  early colleges  as  an approach  to  create                                                                   
     postsecondary pathways for student's success.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Early and Middle  colleges are intended to  increase the                                                                   
     high school and college success of low income, first                                                                       
     generation,  and  at-risk  students.  I'll  discuss  the                                                                   
     different  policy approach that  states have taken  over                                                                   
     the  years  to increase  student  success  using  middle                                                                   
     colleges.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:47:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS continued paraphrasing from written testimony,                                                                   
which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Middle Colleges                                                                                                            
     Definitions:                                                                                                               
          a.  Middle  College  High   Schools  are  secondary                                                                   
          schools,  authorized  to  grant diplomas  in  their                                                                   
          own  name, located on  college campuses across  the                                                                   
          nation.  The   Middle  Colleges  are   small,  with                                                                   
          usually 100  or fewer students per grade  level and                                                                   
          they   provide  a   rigorous  academic   curriculum                                                                   
          within  a supportive and  nurturing environment  to                                                                   
          a  student population  that  has been  historically                                                                   
          under-served  and  underrepresented   in  colleges.                                                                   
          While  at the  Middle  College,  students have  the                                                                   
          opportunity  to  take some  college  classes at  no                                                                   
          cost to themselves.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          b.  Early College  High  Schools  are schools  with                                                                   
          all  the  characteristics   of  Middle  Colleges                                                                      
          location  on  a  college  campus,  strong  academic                                                                   
          program,   supportive   environment       and   are                                                                   
          designed  to  serve  the  same  target  population.                                                                   
          Early Colleges  also have a defined  and structured                                                                   
          program  that enables the  high school students  to                                                                   
          earn  both their  high  school diplomas  and  their                                                                   
          Associates Degree  in 4 to 5 years with  no cost to                                                                   
          the student.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          c. Dual  Enrollment high  school students  are able                                                                   
          to   take  college  courses,   usually  at   nearby                                                                   
          postsecondary  institutions. Successful  completion                                                                   
          of  the college-level  course  enables the  student                                                                   
          to  obtain  credit  toward  both  the  high  school                                                                   
          diploma and toward a college degree.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:49:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS turned to slide 5, which read as follows                                                                         
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     History of Middle Colleges                                                                                                 
     The first middle college high school was established                                                                       
     in 1974 at LaGuardia Community College in New York                                                                         
     City.                                                                                                                      
          d.  Combined  the last  two  years of  high  school                                                                   
          with the first two years of college                                                                                   
               i. Provides students with:                                                                                       
                    1. Intensive counseling                                                                                     
                    2. Small classes                                                                                            
                    3. Interdisciplinary curriculum                                                                             
                    4. Career guidance                                                                                          
          e.   School  designed   for   students  who   would                                                                   
         flounder in a traditional high school setting.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:49:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS turned to slide 6, which read as follows                                                                         
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     Middle College National Consortium                                                                                         
          a. Is  a professional development  organization for                                                                   
          secondary    and    post-secondary    public-sector                                                                   
          educators.  MCNC provides technical  assistance and                                                                   
          support  for   both  new  and  established   Middle                                                                   
          College  High Schools  as they implement  education                                                                   
          reforms  via MCNC's  Design  principles and  engage                                                                   
          in   professional  activities   designed  to   help                                                                   
          under-performing   students   meet  high   academic                                                                   
          standards.                                                                                                            
          b. Schools partnered with MCNC                                                                                        
               i. Approximately- 40 schools on college                                                                          
          campuses  across  16  states  (include  public  and                                                                   
          charter  schools) All  schools  are affiliated  and                                                                   
          located on or near college campuses.                                                                                  
                    1. California (13)                                                                                          
                    2. Colorado (3)                                                                                             
                    3. Connecticut (1)                                                                                          
                    4. Illinois  (2)                                                                                            
                    5. Louisiana (1)                                                                                            
                    6. Maryland (1)                                                                                             
                    7. Michigan (6)                                                                                             
                    8. Nevada (1)                                                                                               
                    9. New York (5)                                                                                             
                    10. North Carolina (1)                                                                                      
                    11. Ohio(1)                                                                                                 
                    12. Pennsylvania (1)                                                                                        
                    13. South Carolina (3)                                                                                      
                    14. Tennessee (2)                                                                                           
                    15. Texas (4)                                                                                               
                    16. Washington (1)                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS specified that most of the states have                                                                           
agreements with some, but not all, colleges in that state.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:50:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS turned to slide 7, which read as follows                                                                         
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     Statistics                                                                                                                 
        o 93  percent   of  early/middle  colleges   students                                                                   
          graduate high school vs. National rate of 78                                                                          
          percent                                                                                                               
        o 94 percent  of early/middle college  graduates earn                                                                   
          college credit for free                                                                                               
        o 23  percent  of  graduates  earn  a  post-secondary                                                                   
        credential along with their high school diploma                                                                         
        o 76 percent  of graduates enroll in college  vs. the                                                                   
          national rate of 68 percent                                                                                           
        o 77  percent of  early/middle  college students  are                                                                   
          students of color                                                                                                     
        o 57  percent of  early/middle  college students  are                                                                   
          from low-income families                                                                                              
     (Source: Jobs for the Future)                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:51:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS turned to slide 8, which read as follows                                                                         
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     California                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     California  Education Code  (EC) Section 11300  declares                                                                   
     that Middle  College High Schools (MCHS) have  proven to                                                                   
     be  a  highly  effective  collaborative  effort  between                                                                   
     local  school  districts  and  community  colleges.  The                                                                   
     basic elements of MCHS include:                                                                                            
        o A  curriculum that  focuses on  college and  career                                                                   
          preparation                                                                                                           
        o Reduced adult-student ration                                                                                          
        o Flexible scheduling                                                                                                   
        o Opportunities  for experimental  internships,  work                                                                   
          apprenticeships and community service.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:52:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS turned to slide 9, which read as follows                                                                         
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     Connecticut                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Connecticut Early College Experience                                                                                       
     UConn Early  College Experience (ECE) is  an opportunity                                                                   
     for students to take UConn courses while still in high                                                                     
     school.  Every UConn  ECE course  is  equivalent to  the                                                                   
     same  course at  the  University of  Connecticut.  There                                                                   
     are   approximately  fifty   courses   in  over   twenty                                                                   
     disciplines  made  available  to partner  high  schools.                                                                   
     Courses  are taught on  the high  school campus by  high                                                                   
     school instructors  who have  been certified as  adjunct                                                                   
     faculty  members  by  the   University  of  Connecticut.                                                                   
     UConn  ECE students  benefit by  taking college  courses                                                                   
     in  a familiar  setting with  an  instructor they  know.                                                                   
     Courses  offered  through UConn  ECE  are  approximately                                                                   
     one-tenth of  the cost in comparison to taking  the same                                                                   
     course on a UConn campus.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Enacted House Bill 5478 (2018)                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     The  Connecticut  Employment   and  Training  Commission                                                                   
     shall  develop, in  collaboration  with the  Connecticut                                                                   
     state   colleges   and   universities,   Department   of                                                                   
     Education, and regional work force development boards                                                                      
     established  pursuant  to section  31-3j,  a  state-wide                                                                   
     plan  for  implementing,  expanding  or  improving  upon                                                                   
     career  certificate programs  established under  section                                                                   
     10-20a,  middle  college programs,  early  college  high                                                                   
     school   programs   and   Connecticut    Early   College                                                                   
     Opportunity  programs  to  provide  education,  training                                                                   
     and placement  in jobs  available in the  manufacturing,                                                                   
     health care, construction, green, science, technology,                                                                     
     engineering   and  mathematics   industries  and   other                                                                   
     emerging  sectors  of  the state's  economy.  Such  plan                                                                   
     shall include a proposal to fund such programs                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:54:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS turned to slides 10-11, which read as follows                                                                    
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Florida                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Dual Enrollment Policies                                                                                                   
     1007.217  (1)   The  dual  enrollment  program   is  the                                                                   
     enrollment  of an  eligible  secondary  student or  home                                                                   
     education student  in a postsecondary  course creditable                                                                   
     toward high school completion and a career certificate                                                                     
     or an associate or baccalaureate degree.                                                                                   
     1007.217  (3) The  Department of  Education shall  adopt                                                                   
     guidelines  designed  to  achieve  comparability  across                                                                   
     school  districts  of both  student  qualifications  and                                                                   
     teacher  qualifications  for  dual  enrollment  courses.                                                                   
     Student  qualifications must  demonstrate readiness  for                                                                   
     college-level  coursework   if  the  student  is  to  be                                                                   
     enrolled  in  college  courses.  Student  qualifications                                                                   
     must demonstrate  readiness for career-level  coursework                                                                   
     if the student is to be enrolled in career courses.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     "Early Admissions Program" Policy                                                                                          
     1007.271 "(7)  Early admission shall  be a form  of dual                                                                   
     enrollment through which eligible secondary students                                                                       
     enroll  in a  postsecondary institution  on a  full-time                                                                   
     basis  in courses that  are creditable  toward the  high                                                                   
     school  diploma  and  the   associate  or  baccalaureate                                                                   
     degree.  Students enrolled  pursuant to this  subsection                                                                   
     shall  be  exempt  from  the  payment  of  registration,                                                                   
     tuition, and laboratory fees.                                                                                              
     1007.271  (8)  Career  early  admission  is  a  form  of                                                                   
     career   dual   enrollment    through   which   eligible                                                                   
     secondary students  enroll full time in a  career center                                                                   
     or a  community college in  courses that are  creditable                                                                   
     toward the  high school diploma  and the certificate  or                                                                   
     associate  degree.  Participation  in the  career  early                                                                   
     admission  program  shall  be limited  to  students  who                                                                   
     have  completed a minimum  of 6  semesters of  full-time                                                                   
     secondary  enrollment, including  studies undertaken  in                                                                   
     the  ninth grade.  Students  enrolled  pursuant to  this                                                                   
     section  are exempt  from the  payment of  registration,                                                                   
     tuition, and laboratory fees."                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:56:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS turned to slides 12-13, which read as follows                                                                    
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Michigan                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Dual Enrollment                                                                                                            
     "The Michigan  State Legislature  passed Public  Act 160                                                                   
     of 1996, the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act and                                                                      
     Public  Act  258  of  2000,  the  Career  and  Technical                                                                   
     Preparation  Act also  known  as the  "Dual  Enrollment"                                                                   
     bills.                                                                                                                     
     These  bills  modify and  expand  on provisions  of  the                                                                   
     State  School Aid  Act providing  for  students to  earn                                                                   
     college  credit while  in high  school.  The bills  also                                                                   
     require that  the board of  a school district  or public                                                                   
     school  academy  ensure  that  each  student  in  eighth                                                                   
     grade  or  higher  be given  information  about  college                                                                   
     course taking  opportunities. The classes  that students                                                                   
     are  eligible  for  must  not be  offered  by  the  high                                                                   
     school or  academy and  must lead towards  postsecondary                                                                   
     credit,     accreditation,      certification     and/or                                                                   
     licensing."                                                                                                                
     The  Dual  Enrollment  laws  do not  alone  prescribe  a                                                                   
     specific  course of  study but allow  for certain  types                                                                   
     of  courses to  be taken  when eligibility  requirements                                                                   
     are met.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:56:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS turned to slide 14, which read as follows                                                                        
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Early Middle Colleges                                                                                                      
     EMCs are  structured programs  that use the  flexibility                                                                   
     with  the Dual  Enrollment  laws to  provide a  specific                                                                   
     and  deliberately designed  course  of  study that  will                                                                   
     result  in  earning  60  transferable  college  credits.                                                                   
     These  credits can  be used  toward  a four-year  degree                                                                   
     from  a  Michigan  public   or  private  university,  an                                                                   
     advanced  certificate,   an  associate  degree   from  a                                                                   
     community college,  or a MEMCA technical  certificate or                                                                   
     a professional certification.                                                                                              
     • Michigan Early Middle College Association (MEMCA)                                                                        
             o Michigan Early Middle College Association                                                                        
               (MEMCA)  is a voluntary alliance  of educators                                                                   
               actively  involved  with one  or  more of  the                                                                   
               Early   Middle    Colleges   working   towards                                                                   
               significantly  increasing  the collegiate  and                                                                   
               post-secondary  success  and  completion  rate                                                                   
               of  Michigan youth.  The group comes  together                                                                   
               to share  best practices, develop  a community                                                                   
               of  learners  and   reflective  practitioners,                                                                   
               and  share   research  with  the   broad  high                                                                   
               school transformation community.                                                                                 
                    MEMCA serves in a leadership capacity                                                                       
                       by  providing   assistance  to   Early                                                                   
                       Middle Colleges throughout  the state.                                                                   
                       This   is  accomplished   by   working                                                                   
                       closely with  the Michigan  Department                                                                   
                       of  Education, Office  of  Career  and                                                                   
                       Technical Education, and other public                                                                    
                       and     private      agencies      and                                                                   
                       institutions.                                                                                            
        • Statue 388.1661B                                                                                                      
             o 8 millions dollars allocated each fiscal                                                                         
               year for  CTE early/ middle colleges  and dual                                                                   
               enrollment  programs. Planning grants  for the                                                                   
               development  or expansion of CTE  early/middle                                                                   
               colleges                                                                                                         
             o Collaborate with the career and educational                                                                      
               advisory   council  to   develop  a   regional                                                                   
               strategic  plan that  aligns CTE programs  and                                                                   
               services  into  an   efficient  and  effective                                                                   
               delivery system for high school students                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:58:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS turned to slide 15, which read as follows                                                                        
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Tennessee                                                                                                                  
     Tennessee policy                                                                                                           
      • Students enrolled in middle college high schools                                                                        
          are funded at the same level as students enrolled                                                                     
          in traditional high schools                                                                                           
        • If program is funded through local, state or                                                                          
          federal  funds appropriated  to  a local  education                                                                   
          agency, then  no fee shall be charged  by the local                                                                   
          education   agency   or  a   public   postsecondary                                                                   
          institution  to any student  participating in  such                                                                   
          program.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:59:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS turned to slide 16, which read as follows                                                                        
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     Texas                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     2003 TX SB 976                                                                                                             
     Sec. 29.908 MIDDLE COLLEGE EDUCATION PILOT PROGRAM.                                                                        
     The  commissioner  shall  establish   and  administer  a                                                                   
     middle  college  education  pilot program  for  students                                                                   
     who are  at risk of dropping  out of school or  who wish                                                                   
     to accelerate  high school  completion. For purposes  of                                                                   
     this  section,  "student  at  risk of  dropping  out  of                                                                   
     school" has the meaning assigned by Section 29.081.                                                                        
     The program must:                                                                                                          
          1.  Provide for a  course of  study that enables  a                                                                   
          participating   student  to  combine   high  school                                                                   
          courses  and  college-level  courses  during  grade                                                                   
          levels 11 and 12                                                                                                      
          2. Allow  a participating student to  complete high                                                                   
          school and  receive at least a high  school diploma                                                                   
        and associate degree at the time of graduation;                                                                         
          3.    Include   articulation    agreements    under                                                                   
          Subchapter   T,   Chapter    61,   with   colleges,                                                                   
          universities,  and technical schools in  this state                                                                   
          to  provide  a  participating   student  access  to                                                                   
          postsecondary     educational      and     training                                                                   
          opportunities   on  the  campus  of   the  college,                                                                   
          university, or technical school; and                                                                                  
          4. Provide  a participating student  flexibility in                                                                   
          class scheduling and academic mentoring.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     2005 TX SB 1146                                                                                                            
     29.908- Early College Education Program                                                                                    
     The  commissioner  shall  establish  and  administer  an                                                                   
     early  college education  program for  students who  are                                                                   
     at  risk  of dropping  out  of  school  or who  wish  to                                                                   
     accelerate completion of the high school program.                                                                          
     The program must:                                                                                                          
          1.  Provide for a  course of  study that enables  a                                                                   
          participating   student  to  combine   high  school                                                                   
          courses  and  college-level  courses  during  grade                                                                   
          levels 9 through 12                                                                                                   
          2. Allow  a participating student to  complete high                                                                   
          school  and  receive  a  high  school  diploma  and                                                                   
          either  an  associate's   degree  or  at  least  60                                                                   
          semester credit hours toward a BA degree.                                                                             
          3. Include  articulation agreements  with colleges,                                                                   
          universities,  and technical schools in  this state                                                                   
          to  provide  a  participating   student  access  to                                                                   
          post-secondary  educational training  opportunities                                                                   
          at a college, university, or technical school                                                                         
          4. Provide  a participating student  flexibility in                                                                   
          class scheduling and academic mentoring.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:01:46 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP  spoke to  NCSL  research and  asked  whether                                                              
there is one  model which seems more successful  for trade schools                                                              
and another model for university preparedness.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  VILLALOBOS answered  that  the focus  seems  to be  preparing                                                              
students  for the  workforce,  whether that  be  for a  two- or  a                                                              
four-year degree.   She  emphasized the aim  to determine  what is                                                              
best for students.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:04:01 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS  remarked that  readiness  for  the job  market  is                                                              
crucial.    He   asked  whether  the  counseling   aspect  is  the                                                              
responsibility of the school districts or the universities.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  VILLALOBOS  answered  it  appears  counselling  is  aimed  at                                                              
ensuring  students   are  aware  of  all  of   their  options  and                                                              
requirements regardless of degree path.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:05:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES mentioned  Texas and its approach  to capture high-                                                              
risk as  well as high-achieving  students.  She asked  whether the                                                              
programs  tend to  address one  or the  other target.   She  asked                                                              
about UA  credits and  whether transferability  is being  examined                                                              
and  taken into  consideration.   She asked  whether other  states                                                              
are  focusing   on  transferability   to  multiple   postsecondary                                                              
opportunities.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS  answered that the  structure of the program  is to                                                              
provide students  with counseling  and schedule flexibility.   She                                                              
said  some students  have  to work  and  cannot  easily meet  with                                                              
counselors.   She said  some programs are  designed to  help every                                                              
student use their  credits, adding that earned  credit in Colorado                                                              
can transfer to any public university in the state.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES asked whether private institutions are included.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. VILLALOBOS answered  it applies to public universities  but is                                                              
not guaranteed for private schools.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:10:04 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS  asked  whether  Alaska  Pacific  University  (APU)                                                              
could use state funds for a similar program.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL asked  for fiscal  notes to  the bills  presented                                                              
from other  states as well as a  contact person so that  she could                                                              
request information on actual costs to the programs.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   STEVENS  announced   the   next  presentation   would   be                                                              
Transforming Learning: Middle and Early College Models.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:13:12 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ANNALIES CORBIN,  PhD, Founder,  President, and CEO,  presented on                                                              
Transforming  Learning:  Middle and  Early  College  Models.   She                                                              
explained  that  PAST  Foundation  is  a  non-profit  provider  of                                                              
transformative   education,  curriculum   design,  and   workforce                                                              
development.   She said the  foundation helps expansion  of robust                                                              
education    system    specifically   targeted    for    workforce                                                              
development.   She   explained    PAST   stands   for   Partnering                                                              
Anthropology with  Science and Technology and was  formed in 2000.                                                              
It  challenges students  to  link learning  to  real life  through                                                              
hands-on student-centered  activities and instruction.   She added                                                              
PAST   works  very   closely  with   community  partners,   school                                                              
administrators, teachers,  and business and hosts  students at the                                                              
PAST Innovation Lab in Columbus, Ohio.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:16:10 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR.   CORBIN   spoke   to   definitions   examined   in   previous                                                              
presentations.     She  said  most   states  legislate   what  the                                                              
differences  are   in  the  terminology.  She  remarked   for  the                                                              
purposes of  the presentations, she  would be speaking  largely of                                                              
dual enrollment and early and middle college opportunities.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DR. CORBIN  addressed the  development of  middle   early  college                                                              
programs  in slide  4.   The graphic  shows a  timeline from  1974                                                              
through  2024.   She  emphasized  that serving  the  needs of  the                                                              
local communities  in developing  the programs  is key.   She said                                                              
the PAST  Foundation currently works in  38 states.  She  spoke to                                                              
the different  terminology used.   She underlined that  many times                                                              
the types of programs are intermixed.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DR. CORBIN said  the programs were now trying  to avoid "skimming"                                                              
the  high   achieving  students   and  offering   them  yet   more                                                              
opportunities and were beginning to focus on at-risk students.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:20:41 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR. CORBIN addressed  the middle college school model  on slide 5,                                                              
which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
        • High Schools grade 11-13 and  also enrolled  part                                                                     
          time in classes at a partner post-secondary                                                                           
          institution;                                                                                                          
        • Secondary schools, authorized to  grant  diplomas                                                                     
          in their own name;                                                                                                    
        • Located on college campuses across the nation;                                                                        
        • Small   student    populations    focusing     on                                                                     
          historically underserved and underrepresented in                                                                      
          college;                                                                                                              
        • No cost college access working towards earning an                                                                     
          Associates degree.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.  CORBIN  advanced to  slide  6  on  the early  college  school                                                              
model, which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
        • Compressed high   schools    grades   9-12   with                                                                     
        integrated high school and collegiate curricula;                                                                        
        • Located on or near  college campuses  across  the                                                                     
          nation;                                                                                                               
        • Small   student    populations    focusing     on                                                                     
          historically underserved and underrepresented in                                                                      
          college;                                                                                                              
        • No cost college access - dual enrollment                                                                              
        • Stepped increases in  the  percent  of  graduates                                                                     
          earning college credits, earning more than one                                                                        
          year's worth of college credits, and earning an                                                                       
          Associate's degree or two years of college.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:22:55 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR. CORBIN  spoke  to the meshing  of  ideology in  slide 7.   She                                                              
said that in  many ways it can  be a good thing, but  in some ways                                                              
it  can  be  confusing.    She  spoke  specifically  to  technical                                                              
education.  She  said middle-early colleges can focus  on STEM and                                                              
high-tech  training.    She  pointed  out that  many programs  are                                                              
based on changing student readiness and reducing remediation.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR. CORBIN spoke  to statistics on slide 8.  She  pointed out that                                                              
millennials  will  account for  50  percent  of the  workforce  by                                                              
2025.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DR. CORBIN  pointed to  the P-TECH program  design model  on slide                                                              
9.  She underlined  that the involvement of business  and industry                                                              
partners  in the  implementation  of programs  is crucial,  adding                                                              
that those that  did not involve industry were  not as successful.                                                              
She emphasized there  needs to be very strong  student support for                                                              
all of the programs.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:28:52 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR.  CORBIN  spoke  to  a  misalignment   in  business  needs  and                                                              
workforce readiness.   She  pointed to the  PAST Innovation  Lab -                                                              
Pathways  to Workforce  in  slide 10.    She suggested  realigning                                                              
middle  school and  moving  early college  preparatory  components                                                              
into 11-12 grades.   The slide shows what the  programs would look                                                              
like.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DR.  CORBIN described  the PAST  Innovation  Lab Summer  Institute                                                              
Series  in slide  11.   She said  the Sprouts  program focuses  on                                                              
agriculture in  a six-week  summer school aimed  at year  11 early                                                              
college students.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  said he would be  interested in hearing  more about                                                              
grade 13 as the presentations went on.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:34:20 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  announced the next  presentation would be  from Dr.                                                              
Michelau  on Earning Postsecondary  Credit  While in High  School:                                                              
Increasing Student Success in Alaska.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:35:21 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DEMAREE  MICHELAU,  PhD, Incoming  President,  Western  Interstate                                                              
Commission  for Higher  Education  (WICHE),  presented on  Earning                                                              
Postsecondary  Credit While  in  High School:  Increasing  Student                                                              
Success in Alaska.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:38:35 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR. MICHELAU spoke to WICHE'S role in the region in slide 3:                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
         • Promotes access  and    excellence   in   higher                                                                     
           education for all citizens of the West through:                                                                      
             o Regional collaboration                                                                                           
             o Resource sharing                                                                                                 
             o Sound public policy                                                                                              
             o Innovation                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DR.  MICHELAU  addressed  Alaska's current  position  as  compared                                                              
                                                                 th                                                             
with other states in  slides 4-6.  She said that for every  100 9                                                               
graders, nationally  83 students graduate from high  school, while                                                              
in  Alaska  only  76  students  graduate.    In  Alaska  33  enter                                                              
college,  while the  national number  is 53.  Idaho is second,  at                                                              
                                                        th                                                                      
35.  The  following slide shows how  many of those 100 9   graders                                                              
are  still enrolled  in their  sophomore  year. Alaska  is at  22,                                                              
while the national number is 37.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DR.  MICHELAU spoke  to Alaska's  population centers  in slide  7.                                                              
She noted  that 68 percent  of the state  population resides  in 3                                                              
boroughs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DR. MICHELAU  moved to  slide 9 on  Program Design:  Key Elements,                                                              
which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
         • Colorado: Concurrent Enrollment and ASCENT                                                                           
         • Hawaii: Early College and Dual Enrollment                                                                            
         • Washington: Dual Credit (Running Start, College                                                                      
           in the High School)                                                                                                  
         • Idaho: Advanced Learning Opportunities                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DR.  MICHELAU  added  that Colorado  also  has  a  concurrent                                                                   
enrollment  program for remediation.  She defined  concurrent                                                                   
enrollment as it  applies to Colorado, and  briefly explained                                                                   
the ASCENT program.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
DR. MICHELAU addressed program goals in slide 10, which                                                                         
read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
        • Colorado:                                                                                                             
             o Broaden access to and improve the quality of                                                                     
               concurrent enrollment programs                                                                                   
             o Improve coordination between institutions of                                                                     
               secondary education and institutions of                                                                          
               higher education                                                                                                 
             o Ensure     financial      transparency     and                                                                   
               accountability                                                                                                   
        • Hawaii and Washington                                                                                                 
             o Increase access to and participation in                                                                          
               postsecondary education                                                                                          
        • Idaho                                                                                                                 
             o Increase "go on" rate                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DR. MICHELAU gave some details for each program.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DR. MICHELAU addressed the funding approaches in slide 11                                                                       
which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
        • Colorado:                                                                                                             
             o Costs are generally paid by the K-12 school                                                                      
               district and the postsecondary institution                                                                       
               (comfortable with double dipping)                                                                                
        • Hawaii                                                                                                                
             o Primarily relies on grants to cover the                                                                          
               costs of Running Start and Early College                                                                         
        • Washington                                                                                                            
             o School districts cover the cost of tuition                                                                       
             o Running Start students pay for fees, books,                                                                      
               and transportation                                                                                               
        • Idaho:                                                                                                                
             o State provides $4,125 for high school                                                                            
               students     to    use    towards     advanced                                                                   
               opportunities                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. MICHELAU presented the relative populations of western                                                                      
states with population centers in slides 12-15.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:52:13 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR.  MICHELAU addressed  program  participation  for 2016-2017  in                                                              
Colorado in  slide 16.   She highlighted  that the great  majority                                                              
of students  were attending  two-years institutions  in concurrent                                                              
enrollment.    She  stated  that almost  42,000  students,  or  32                                                              
                          thth                                                                                                  
percent  of  Colorado  11    and  12    graders,  attend  dual  or                                                              
concurrent enrollment  programs.  She  moved to the  graph showing                                                              
Colorado   concurrent  enrollment   participation   by  race   and                                                              
ethnicity from 2009-2016.   The graph showed  increased enrollment                                                              
for  all  groups.   She  showed  a map  showing  concentration  of                                                              
participation in  Colorado, specifying the  white area in  the map                                                              
is mountainous and therefore less populated.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. MICHELAU briefly  spoke to funding for each of  the other four                                                              
states  and the  respective programs.    She said  the benefit  of                                                              
concurrent    enrollment    for   students    from    economically                                                              
disadvantaged families  is considerably  higher.  She  pointed out                                                              
the  growth in  credit  hours in  each program.    She added  that                                                              
Washington  in 2016  had expanded  the  scope of  its dual  credit                                                              
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:58:02 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR. MICHELAU  summed up  her remarks  in slide  27, which  read as                                                              
follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
      • Be clear about the program's goal, and leave the                                                                        
          implementation to those on the ground                                                                                 
        • Focus on outcomes, not process                                                                                        
      • Design a program that is flexible and responsive                                                                        
          to different needs in different areas of the                                                                          
          state                                                                                                                 
             o Avoid a one size fits all approach                                                                               
      • Avoid creating barriers for those already doing                                                                         
          the work and for those wishing to start                                                                               
       • Evaluation is key; establish clear metrics by                                                                          
          which you will know if you are successful                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:59:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL asked  about funding sources, such  as the "double                                                              
dipping" or cost-sharing  model.  He surmised there  may be a need                                                              
for something similar in Alaska.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DR. MICHELAU  clarified that  she was  referring to state  support                                                              
for  both K-12  and postsecondary  education systems.   She  added                                                              
that the  money per student stays  with that student as  they move                                                              
through the system.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  suggested there  may be answers  forthcoming come                                                              
the university and the districts.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS stated  there are such wide differences  in regional                                                              
and  economic  groups  and  the relative  academic  success.    He                                                              
posited the issue may be tied to poverty.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:03:07 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES asked  about  capacity in  the  programs with  the                                                              
approach to both high-risk and high-achieving students.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DR.  MICHELAU said  that some  states require  notification.   She                                                              
added that  measuring capacity  in education  is a difficult  task                                                              
and can be  seen in the impact  on state budgets.  She  pointed to                                                              
Colorado   and  Washington   which  had   decided  to  invest   in                                                              
underserved  students.   She mentioned  the Running  Start gap  in                                                              
which the  state gave money to  the institution but did  not cover                                                              
all  the  costs.   She  said  some  states  were looking  to  meet                                                              
workforce needs of the future and had to set goals accordingly.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
11:07:51 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  asked to receive additional  information regarding                                                              
the  notification   process  and  whether  it  would   affect  the                                                              
availability  of  the  program  to all  students.    She  wondered                                                              
whether the goal would be affected by availability.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
DR.  MICHELAU  said  she  had  not  heard  that  the  notification                                                              
element  had created  capacity problems,  but  that perhaps  there                                                              
were budget challenges.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS announced  the  next presentation  would  be on  UA                                                              
Bridging Programs.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
11:10:40 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JAMES   "JIM"  R.   JOHNSEN,  President,   Statewide  Programs   &                                                              
Services,  University   of  Alaska,   presented  on   UA  Bridging                                                              
Programs.   He  remarked that  the  issue of  education in  Alaska                                                              
will require the efforts of all concerned parties to improve.                                                                   
He spoke to  definitions of the culture  of education.     He used                                                              
the metaphor of  an iceberg in which under water  there is a large                                                              
chunk  of underlying  beliefs.    He stated  it  is  very hard  to                                                              
change a culture.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
11:15:23 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN  spoke the problem of educational  attainment on                                                              
slide 4, which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
        • Alaska lags the nation in educational attainment                                                                      
       • Educational attainment is strongly correlated                                                                          
          with                                                                                                                  
             o income                                                                                                           
             o health status                                                                                                    
             o community engagement, and                                                                                        
             o economic development                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                                                     th                                                                         
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN  pointed out  that 67 percent  of 9   grade                                                                   
pupils  in   the  state  do   not  go  on  to   postsecondary                                                                   
education.   He  mentioned  that  all of  the  states in  the                                                                   
lower end  of the  graphs in the  previous presentation  were                                                                   
                                            th                                                                                  
western states.  He  added that Alaska is 50   in the country                                                                   
for job  growth, with  the highest  unemployment and  highest                                                                   
health care costs.   He spoke to the effects  of crime across                                                                   
the state.   He said, "People  who have educations  typically                                                                   
have  jobs  and  don't engage  in  criminal  behavior."    He                                                                   
compared   the    situation   in   Alaska   with    that   in                                                                   
Massachusetts,  which is first  in the  country for the  same                                                                   
criteria.  He  said the one-year economic value  of companies                                                                   
spawned  by Massachusetts  Institute of  Technology (MIT)  is                                                                   
$1.9 trillion.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
11:19:22 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN shared the top five priorities, which read as                                                                 
follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
        • Economic development                                                                                                  
        • Workforce development                                                                                                 
        • Research                                                                                                              
        • Cost-effective operations                                                                                             
        • Increasing educational attainment                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN described the plan to increase educational                                                                    
attainment in slide 5, which read as follows [original                                                                          
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
        • Partner with employers                                                                                                
        • Partner with K-12                                                                                                     
        • Improve internal processes                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN moved  to  slide 6,  "Effective  Solution:                                                                   
Bridging   programs",  which   read   as  follows   [original                                                                   
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
        • Improves college access                                                                                               
        • Provides equity across socioeconomic lines                                                                            
        • Encourages college readiness                                                                                          
      • Increases likelihood of postsecondary enrollment                                                                        
          and completion                                                                                                        
     • Increases cost effectiveness of public investment                                                                        
          in education                                                                                                          
        • Strengthens "agency" among students                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN added  that there  had been  a 40  percent                                                                   
decline  in  the  need  for  remedial  services  due  to  the                                                                   
bridging programs.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
11:21:48 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN directed  attention  to the  map  of Alaska  on                                                              
slide 8  showing all locations  in the  University of Alaska.   He                                                              
highlighted  that  there  is  discounted   tuition  available  for                                                              
occupation endorsement  programs across the state.   He added that                                                              
tuition is already low compared to other western states.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN  spoke to the  Board of Regents  dual enrollment                                                              
policy  adopted  in  September  2015.   He  further  outlined  the                                                              
related regulation  on slide 11,  which read as follows  [original                                                              
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Regulations (R10.05.0125.) approved June 2018                                                                              
     Includes:                                                                                                                  
        • Definitions                                                                                                           
        • Parental/legal guardian authorization                                                                                 
        • Course requirements                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESDIENT  JOHNSEN  referred to  the  graph  on slide  12  showing                                                              
increases  in UA  dual enrollment.   He  said there  is around  15                                                              
percent  participation  of high  school  juniors  and seniors.  He                                                              
pointed  to a  94  percent  increase in  credit  hours,  and a  50                                                              
percent increase in head count over a 2-year period.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
11:25:09 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESDIENT JOHNSEN spoke  to the UA Bridging Programs  on slide 13,                                                              
which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
        • Middle College                                                                                                        
        • Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program                                                                           
        • Alaska Area Health Education Centers                                                                                  
        • Educators Rising Alaska                                                                                               
        • JumpStart Program                                                                                                     
        • Rural Alaska Honors Institute                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN turned  to slide 14,  Middle College  Programs,                                                              
which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Purpose                                                                                                                    
     To reduce barriers of higher education attainment by                                                                       
     providing college access to traditionally underserved                                                                      
     populations.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     University and School District Partnership                                                                                 
       • Partnering school district covers tuition and                                                                          
          fees                                                                                                                  
        • Dedicated high school counselor and college                                                                           
          academic advisor                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Program Model                                                                                                              
     • Satisfy high school graduation requirements while                                                                        
          earning college credits toward a degree                                                                               
        • Full college classroom integration                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN added that the Matanuska-Susitna students                                                                     
have a designated area of the campus at University of                                                                           
Alaska, Anchorage.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
11:27:14 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN moved  to the  graph  on slide  15 showing  the                                                              
areas of interest  of the student coursework.  He  pointed to STEM                                                              
and health  sciences  as considerably  strong.   He said he  would                                                              
like to see more in the education arena.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN referred  to slide  16 showing  that nearly  60                                                              
percent  of  middle  college  students attend  UA.  He  stated  16                                                              
percent  of  traditional students  attend  UA.     He  added  that                                                              
students have  to place in college  level math and/or  writing and                                                              
must have  a GPA of  2.5 or above.  He underlined that  53 percent                                                              
of  students identify  with one  or more  ethnic minority  groups.                                                              
He noted that school  districts pay the tuition.   He indicated he                                                              
thinks  the  tuition is  less  that  the base  student  allocation                                                              
(BSA).  He stated  average tuition at UA is $8,000,  and the MatSu                                                              
and  Anchorage,  Alaska  school  districts  pay  $50  thousand  in                                                              
administrative costs.  He pointed out that there  is no additional                                                              
funding going  into the  programs. Tuition does  not pay  the full                                                              
educational  bill; however,  student share  is about  the same  as                                                              
for any higher education student in the state.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
11:30:25 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT   JOHNSEN  addressed   the  Alaska   Native  Science   &                                                              
Engineering Program  (ANSEP) program in  slide 17.   He underlined                                                              
the program  has an emphasis  on STEM.  He  said the program  is a                                                              
serious contribution  to workforce  and economic development.   He                                                              
said  there is  a  partnership with  school  districts across  the                                                              
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN  said that  ANSEP math  results are  three times                                                              
higher than  the national  average.   He added  95 percent  of the                                                              
summer  bridge  program  participants  go  on  to  finish  a  STEM                                                              
degree.   He said the  program has already  graduated two  PhDs in                                                              
engineering  who are  now faculty  of  the UA.   He  spoke to  the                                                              
importance  of preparing  Alaska  Native  faculty  who could  help                                                              
increase Alaska Native participation in higher education.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:34:15 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN  addressed  the Alaska  Area  Health  Education                                                              
Centers  (AHEC) on  slide 19.   The program  provides health  care                                                              
training  to  secondary  students   in  rural  and/or  underserved                                                              
areas.   He emphasized the  importance of "homegrown"  health care                                                              
professionals.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN spoke  to the  AHEC  Bridging Opportunities  on                                                              
slide 20, which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                
                                                                                                                                
        • Allied Health & Behavioral Health Camps                                                                               
        • STEM Instruction for ANSEP Acceleration Academy                                                                       
          • Alaska Military Youth Academy Health Pre-                                                                           
          apprenticeship                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN  gave  AHEC   numbers  for  the  academic  year                                                              
September  2016    August 2017,  which read  as follows  [original                                                              
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
        • 794 students                                                                                                          
        • 167 students earned 469 college credits                                                                               
        • 560 certificates earned                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN  spoke to  education  as  a high  priority  for                                                              
Alaska.  He mentioned  that large numbers of  teachers are brought                                                              
in  from out  of  state, and  there  is very  high  turnover.   He                                                              
addressed  Educators   Rising  Alaska,   which  helps   to  create                                                              
teachers all  over Alaska.   He presented Educators  Rising Alaska                                                              
by  the Numbers  in  slide 23,  which  read as  follows  [original                                                              
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
        • Became a national state affiliate in April 2017                                                                       
        • First year participation (AY18)                                                                                       
          o 164 students                                                                                                        
          o 28 school districts                                                                                                 
          o 65 schools                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
11:37:26 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT   JOHNSEN   addressed   the  Kenai   Peninsula   College                                                              
JumpStart  program   which  offsets  tuition  costs   for  college                                                              
credits  to $71 per  credit.   He reviewed  the statistics,  which                                                              
read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
        • Total number of students served in AY18 = 346                                                                         
        • Total number of credits for AY18 = 1,450                                                                              
       • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District covers                                                                         
          ~$200K in tuition annually                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN spoke  to the  importance  of summer  programs.                                                              
He  talked about  the memory  loss  or "summer  dip" which  occurs                                                              
while students  are out  of school  in the summer.   He  relayed a                                                              
personal  account  of  discussing  summer breaks  with  a  retired                                                              
educator  in Germany,  where the  summer break  is only six  weeks                                                              
long.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN described  the  Rural Alaska  Honors  Institute                                                              
(RAHI) on  slide 26, which  read as follows [original  punctuation                                                              
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Founded  at  the request  of  the Alaska  Federation  of                                                                   
     Natives  in  1983 to  prepare  rural and  Alaska  Native                                                                   
     high  school   students  for  academic   excellence  and                                                                   
     college success.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     High school students attend a 6-week summer session on                                                                     
     campus and earn up to 11 college credits.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN  presented the  statistics on the  program since                                                              
1983  on slide  27, which  read as  follows [original  punctuation                                                              
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
        • 143 Certificates                                                                                                      
        • 270 Associate Degrees                                                                                                 
        • 463 Baccalaureate Degrees                                                                                             
        • 118 Masters Degrees                                                                                                   
        • 9 Law Degrees                                                                                                         
        • 15 Doctorate Degrees                                                                                                  
        • 32 Professional Certifications                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN added  that companies  such as Shell  Oil,                                                                   
Alyeska,  First   National  Bank,  and  insurance   companies                                                                   
support  the program.   He  described an  encounter with  the                                                                   
graduates, in which  one student suggested, "We  need a high-                                                                   
growth mindset in our state."                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
11:41:54 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN went on to discuss research programs at UA on                                                                 
slide 29, which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     UAA/ISER Center for Education Policy Research                                                                              
        • College & Career Readiness                                                                                            
        • Teacher Supply & Demand                                                                                               
        • Indigenous & Arctic Education                                                                                         
     UAF School of Education                                                                                                    
       • Developing and supporting K-12 Indigenous and                                                                          
          place-based teaching                                                                                                  
       • Strategic support of Alaska Native high school                                                                         
          students interested in teaching                                                                                       
        • STEM teacher recruitment and support                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT   JOHNSEN  spoke   to   restructuring  in   teacher                                                                   
education that  had gone  on at  UA.  He  said the School  of                                                                   
Education  at UAF  is  currently in  the  College of  Natural                                                                   
Science and Math  to bolster training in STEM  education.  He                                                                   
said  the university  is  working with  WICHE,  ECS, and  the                                                                   
National   Council  of   State  Legislators   to  study   the                                                                   
effectiveness of the programs.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN addressed expansion and alignment in slide 30,                                                                
which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Expansion of:                                                                                                              
        • Bridging Programs                                                                                                     
        • Distance Delivery                                                                                                     
        • Approved Teachers                                                                                                     
        • Industry Credentials                                                                                                  
     Alignment to:                                                                                                              
        • Degree Pathways                                                                                                       
        • Workforce Needs                                                                                                       
        • Employment                                                                                                            
        • Graduate and Professional Education                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN spoke to legislative opportunities in slide                                                                   
31, which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Current Opportunities                                                                                                      
       • Technical Vocational Education Program (TVEP)                                                                          
          Reauthorization in 2020                                                                                               
     Future Opportunities                                                                                                       
        • More options to meet regional and student needs                                                                       
        • Align with state priorities                                                                                           
        • Provide quality assurance                                                                                             
        • Support equity                                                                                                        
        • Expand access (including online)                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:46:30 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  remarked on  the statement that  60 percent  of the                                                              
middle college pupils attend UA.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
11:47:57 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES asked  about the  40  percent decline  in lack  of                                                              
college readiness.  She asked whether it regarded all students.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN  answered, "All first-year students,"  and added                                                              
that not a  single middle college graduate  from Matanuska-Susitna                                                              
needed remedial preparation.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES asked  whether it  was over  the past  one or  two                                                              
years.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN answered, "Since 2014.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
11:49:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL suggested  not all  pupils would  turn out  to be                                                              
college material.   He  remarked some  of the certifications  were                                                              
very helpful.   He emphasized the  importance of listening  to the                                                              
business community.  He asked about industry involvement.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN  clarified that  he was including  all technical                                                              
programs  in  his description  of  college,  and that  the  lion's                                                              
share of  student interest  was in  those areas.   He  stated that                                                              
the  13  community   campuses  across  the  state   are  aimed  at                                                              
technical preparation.   He  pointed to a  request in  the capital                                                              
budget  for  $2  million  for  digital   fabrication  laboratories                                                              
around  the  state.    He  said  there  are  some  in  Dillingham,                                                              
Fairbanks, and Anchorage, Alaska.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL  addressed  Alaska's  "international  geography.                                                               
He opined  that  the STEM arena  may be  the growth  area for  the                                                              
state.   He asked whether it  trickles down into  the conversation                                                              
with  other  educators  to  encourage   students  to  think  "that                                                              
broadly."                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN answered  in the  affirmative.   He added  that                                                              
Alaska is number  one on the planet for Arctic research.   He said                                                              
it is  also a business  with a workforce  of around  1,500 people.                                                              
He said  training is important  and if the  state does not  do it,                                                              
people from outside Alaska will take on those jobs.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL said  he  would attempt  to  pursue some  answers                                                              
from his local K-12 educators about inspiring youngsters.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:58:45 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES  asked  about funding  for  administration  costs.                                                              
She  asked  what   the  middle  colleges  looked   like  from  the                                                              
university end.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN answered  that for  UAA most  of the legal  and                                                              
administrative work  has been done,  so adding new  middle college                                                              
high schools  would not require  that work to  be done again.   He                                                              
added  this is  foundation money  for some  of the  programs.   He                                                              
responded to  the questions of  whom the programs  were attempting                                                              
to capture, high-risk  students or high-achieving  students, "Yes,                                                              
and..."  He  gave  his  personal   experience  with  enrolling  in                                                              
college and  ceasing to attend high  school.  He said  there are a                                                              
lot of young people  who need to be kept engaged  in the education                                                              
process.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
12:02:20 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH asked  about new technologies and  how programs are                                                              
addressing them.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN  noted  there  is an  Alaska  Science  Research                                                              
Academy  where  bright  kids are  working  on  bioengineering  and                                                              
robotics.   He  stated he  looked forward  to sharing  information                                                              
soon.    He  noted  there  is  a  need  to  think  a  little  more                                                              
creatively  about   future  success.  If  there   is  interest  in                                                              
ensuring grandchildren  of today success,  it needs to  begin now.                                                              
He added, "We are at the bottom of the pack."                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS spoke to counseling of students and parents.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT  JOHNSEN said  that schools  provide a  lot of  critical                                                              
counseling.   He underlined  the focus on  safety.  He  said there                                                              
is  a specific  training  programs  to  ensure minors  are  looked                                                              
after on campus.   He mentioned federal laws  regulating minors on                                                              
campus.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  clarified his  earlier "turf  issues" comment.   He                                                              
specified   he  did  not   intend  the   university,  but   a  few                                                              
recalcitrant school districts.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
12:07:38 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD mentioned  the budget.   She asked  about                                                              
unfilled  positions and  whether  the total  operating costs  have                                                              
gone down.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
PRESIDENT JOHNSEN  answered that there  is a chart which  he could                                                              
share  with the  committee.   He said  there is a  total of  1,200                                                              
people employed across the UA system.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD  said she hopes the university  can become                                                              
independent without coming to the legislature every year.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
12:10:11 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The Joint  House and Senate  Education Standing Committee  took an                                                              
at-ease from 12:10 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
12:40:30 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS announced  the next  presentation  would be  Alaska                                                              
Commission   on  Postsecondary   Education   Middle  College   and                                                              
Bridging Programs.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
12:40:46 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
STEPHANIE  BUTLER,   Executive  Director,  Alaska   Commission  on                                                              
Postsecondary  Education   (ACPE),  presented  on   ACPE's  Middle                                                              
College and  Bridging Programs.   She said  the middle  college is                                                              
not  part   of  ACPE's   expertise,   but  it   is  part   of  the                                                              
opportunities to ensure success in higher education.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. BUTLER  described the mission of  ACPE in slide 3,  which read                                                              
as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     ACPE promotes access to and success in education and                                                                       
     career training beyond high school.                                                                                        
        • Education planning tools and resources                                                                                
     • Advocacy  and    support     for    postsecondary                                                                        
          participation in Alaska                                                                                               
        • Financial aid for college and career training                                                                         
     • Consumer protection    through   private   school                                                                        
          licensing                                                                                                             
        • Alaska education outcomes analysis                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. BUTLER  spoke briefly  to funding,  explaining that  ACPE                                                                   
is  funded  by  the  Alaska  Student   Loan  Corporation  and                                                                   
provides  benefits and  services  to Alaska  students,  their                                                                   
families,  and schools without  draw on  the State's  General                                                                   
Fund  (GF).   She  answered  Senator  Stevens'  questions  by                                                                   
stating that  the funds  are always  awarded to students  and                                                                   
not  to institutions.    Students  can determine  where  they                                                                   
will use the funds.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. BUTLER spoke to the ACPE Nexus with Middle College and                                                                      
Bridging Programs in slide 5, which read as follows [original                                                                   
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Education planning tools                                                                                                   
     - Awareness of benefits of bridging programs and how                                                                       
     to prepare for success with such programs                                                                                  
     Advocacy for participation in Alaska                                                                                       
     - Awareness of connections with low-cost, high-quality                                                                     
     public and private programs in Alaska                                                                                      
     Student financial aid                                                                                                      
     - Awareness of options and caveats; financial literacy                                                                     
     Consumer protection                                                                                                        
     - Education consumer education and institutional                                                                           
     authorization                                                                                                              
     Alaska education outcomes analysis                                                                                         
     - Outcomes and return-on-investment information                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BUTLER  explained  that  planning  for  college  can  be                                                                   
overwhelming.   The ACPE planning  tools are in place  to aid                                                                   
in   preparation.      She   mentioned    efforts   to   stop                                                                   
inappropriate behavior in advertising training programs.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
12:47:15 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. BUTLER  outlined the Alaska  Middle College and  Bridging                                                                   
Programs  (Examples)  on  slide  6,  which  read  as  follows                                                                   
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
        • University of Alaska programs (multiple)                                                                              
        • Alaska Pacific University (early honors)                                                                              
        • Ilisagvik College (dual enrollment)                                                                                   
        • AVTEC (high school training)                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. BULTER spoke to Additional Early College Options on slide 7:                                                                
                                                                                                                                
        • International Baccalaureate (West High)                                                                               
        • CLEP testing                                                                                                          
        • Summer college                                                                                                        
        • Advanced placement (AP) testing                                                                                       
        • Internships (limited options)                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. BUTLER underlined that there is no guarantee that                                                                           
college credit will be earned by participating in the                                                                           
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. BUTLER spoke briefly to Potential Benefits of Bridging                                                                      
Programs on slide 8, which read as follows [original punctuation                                                                
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
        • Increased high school graduation rates                                                                                
        • Increased college enrollment rates                                                                                    
        • Higher college GPAs                                                                                                   
      • Greater college persistence and faster progress                                                                         
          to graduation                                                                                                         
     • Larger benefits to traditionally underrepresented                                                                        
          populations (males and low-income students)                                                                           
        • Include collegiate and CTE tracks                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
12:50:30 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BUTLER   highlighted  potential  barriers   to  Bridging                                                                   
Program  participation   can  be   financial,  academic,   or                                                                   
informational,  which read as  follows [original  punctuation                                                                   
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Financial considerations:                                                                                                  
      • Generally lower-cost than enrolling directly in                                                                         
          college, but not generally eligible for federal                                                                       
          financial aid, Alaska Performance Scholarship,                                                                        
         Alaska Education Grant or Alaska Student Loans                                                                         
          • Programs that do result in financial aid                                                                            
          eligibility may also result in exhausting                                                                             
          financial aid early                                                                                                   
     Academic considerations:                                                                                                   
        • Students must be prepared for academic rigor                                                                          
         • GPAs in collegiate courses become part of                                                                            
          students' college transcripts                                                                                         
     Informational considerations:                                                                                              
         • Students need to understand processes and                                                                            
          bureaucracies to enroll in programs                                                                                   
        • Students need to understand benefits                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
12:53:01 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. BUTLER  described how ACPE  can help  in slide 13,  which read                                                              
as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
       • Success Centers in-person (Dimond Mall and UAA                                                                         
          Enrollment    Services)   and    telephone/distance                                                                   
          coaching and assistance                                                                                               
       • Alaska College and Career Advising Consortium                                                                          
          (ACAC) initiatives, including mentoring provided                                                                      
          through partners                                                                                                      
        • AKCIS online planning tools (www.akcis.org)                                                                           
        • Financial aid and higher education outreach                                                                           
          events                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BUTLER said  that  students who  do not  come  from a  family                                                              
college culture  can struggle  with the  processes for  enrollment                                                              
and  assistance.     She  pointed   to  one-on-one   coaching  and                                                              
mentoring that is available through ACPE.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS.   BUTLER  informed   that  Senator   Hughes   serves  on   the                                                              
commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
12:56:02 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS  asked  about  changes   to  Free  Application  for                                                              
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) aimed at making the process simpler.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. BUTLER answered  that it has been changed somewhat  to be more                                                              
digital  in  nature.   She  added  that  there are  also  outreach                                                              
events in communities.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
12:56:52 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES asked  about streamlining  counselling in  schools                                                              
and colleges,  especially in Anchorage,  Alaska, as there  are two                                                              
locations in that city.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BUTLER clarified  that the  aim is  connecting students  with                                                              
people at their schools.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES asked  whether middle  school  students are  being                                                              
served  by the  program  and whether  it could  take  on what  the                                                              
districts are currently paying for in terms of advisors.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. BUTLER answered  that some middle school students  are served.                                                              
She  deferred to  Rebekah  Matrosova to  describe  work done  with                                                              
those  students.   She added  that  schools will  sponsor ACPE  to                                                              
come to  the schools as  they do not  have advisors to  go through                                                              
the FAFSA program.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:00:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
[Due to audio difficulties, the testimony is difficult to hear.]                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REBEKAH MATROSOVA,  Director, Outreach  & Early Awareness,  Alaska                                                              
Commission on Postsecondary  Education (ACPE),  answered  there is                                                              
college [indisc.]  at the school  level.  She added  that services                                                              
to middle college  students are not tracked but  [indisc.] provide                                                              
services  generically  [indisc.]   offer  informational  workshops                                                              
[indisc.] what  the commission does  is supplemental  [indisc.] to                                                              
what is already happening.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:03:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES asked  whether ACPE would come in to  the school in                                                              
the event that the school district could not provide advisors.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MATROSOVA answered  that  there are  certain  areas in  which                                                              
ACPE has  expertise that  are aligned  with the mission  [indisc.]                                                              
other areas  that area  critical to the  success of  the programs,                                                              
such as academic  advising, which are not within the  scope of the                                                              
commission's mission [indisc].                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BUTLER added  that there  was an  opportunity to  streamline.                                                              
She  added  that   staff  and  other  limits  would   need  to  be                                                              
identified.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD asked about the ANSWERS program.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BUTLER   responded   that  the  ANSWERS   program  had   been                                                              
decommissioned but the related database was still in existence.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD  asked which agencies were  involved, what                                                              
kind of data is collected, and who is funding the database.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BUTLER   listed  the   Alaska  Commission  on   Postsecondary                                                              
Education,   Department   of  Labor   &   Workforce   Development,                                                              
Department of  Education and Early  Development, and UA  and noted                                                              
that currently  there was  not the funding  to continue  with that                                                              
work.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD asked whether  the database  contained an                                                              
opt-out.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. BUTLER answered there is not an opt-out option.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:05:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS asked  about  foundation  formula  funds and  where                                                              
they go.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BUTLER deferred  to  the Department  of  Education and  Early                                                              
Development  and  said  she  would  collect  the  information  and                                                              
provide it subsequently.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS announced  the  next testimony  would  be from  the                                                              
executive director of the Association of Alaska School Boards.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:06:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NORM  WOOTEN, Executive  Director,  Association  of Alaska  School                                                              
Boards  (AASB), testified  on the  AASB and Middle  Colleges.   He                                                              
paraphrased   his   prepared  written   statement   [included   in                                                              
committee  packet], which  read as  follows [original  punctuation                                                              
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Good Afternoon,                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     My  name is Norm  Wooten and  I serve  as the  Executive                                                                   
     Director  of the  Association of  Alaska School  Boards.                                                                   
     Let  me begin  by  saying that  my  colleague, Dr.  Lisa                                                                   
     Parady,  Executive  Director of  the  Alaska Council  of                                                                   
     School  Administrators,  is  unable  to  be  here  today                                                                   
     because   of  a   prior  commitment.   However,  as   we                                                                   
     consistently  collaborate  on legislative  positions,  I                                                                   
     am  speaking  for  both  of  us  today.  We  believe  it                                                                   
     critical  for both  our organizations  to  speak with  a                                                                   
     common  voice  as we  advocate  on  issue that  had  the                                                                   
     potential  for  increasing  student  achievement  within                                                                   
     our memberships.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     We  will  always  support   new  concepts  that  support                                                                   
     students  within our member  districts. We also  support                                                                   
     the  Middle College  Concept  to provide  post-secondary                                                                   
     opportunities  for students. As  you will hear  later in                                                                   
     this  hearing,  there  are districts  that  are  already                                                                   
     engaged in this work.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     First,  let me  encourage you  to be  cautionary as  you                                                                   
     begin  this  discussion. The  educational  trend  across                                                                   
     the  United   States  and   even  in  Alaska   is  about                                                                   
     personalized  learning. So, what  exactly do we  mean by                                                                   
     personalized   learning?  I've   broken  it  down   into                                                                   
     understandable terms:                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          1. It is learning delivered in a competency-based                                                                     
             progression  where   each  student  learns   and                                                                   
             advances   toward    clearly   defined    goals.                                                                   
             Assessment  is continual  and  it is  about  the                                                                   
             acquisition  of   learning  rather  than   "seat                                                                   
             time." Students  advance  and  earn credit  when                                                                   
             they are  able  to  demonstrate mastery  of  the                                                                   
             material.                                                                                                          
          2. It is about a flexible learning environment                                                                        
             where  student  needs  are  the   driver.  Every                                                                   
             element  of the  learning  environment  responds                                                                   
             individually to each student.                                                                                      
          3. It is about each student taking charge of, and                                                                     
             being responsible for, their own  learning. Each                                                                   
             student is expected  to excel and help  create a                                                                   
             customized learning  path  based on  his or  her                                                                   
             interests and goals.                                                                                               
1:10:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOOTEN continued to paraphrase from his written                                                                             
statement as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     My point  is that personalized  learning is not  a "one-                                                                   
     size-fits-all"  model. Every student learns  differently                                                                   
        not  worse  or  better      but  differently.  School                                                                   
     districts  are  making personalized  learning  work  for                                                                   
     ALL students.  Why? Because it looks at  individuals and                                                                   
     does  not attempt  to force  them  into a  mold that  is                                                                   
     most efficient  of affordable for the  district. Instead                                                                   
     it is about what works best for that student.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     When you  look at  a model, such  as the middle  college                                                                   
     approach,  it  will  be a  great  opportunity  for  many                                                                   
     students    but not for all  of them. What  programs are                                                                   
     best suited  to a  district or  to specific students  is                                                                   
     best left up to the local school district.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:11:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOOTEN continued to paraphrase from his written                                                                             
statement as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     One  of  the  statutory  responsibilities  of  a  school                                                                   
     board  is   the  review,  selection,  and   approval  of                                                                   
     curriculum  and curricular  material  for the  district.                                                                   
     If  it is  your  intent to  look  at and  recommend  the                                                                   
     adoption  of middle college  opportunities for  Alaska's                                                                   
     students I  implore you to  leave the final  decision up                                                                   
     to the  local school  board with  the recommendation  of                                                                   
     the  superintendent  where   it  properly  belongs.  The                                                                   
     state  can do  much  to  facilitate and  make  resources                                                                   
     available but  local districts know best what  works for                                                                   
     individual students.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Additionally, if  it is your intent to promote  a middle                                                                   
     college  concept  that  might   be  available  to  every                                                                   
     school district  I strongly suggest  that it is  worth a                                                                   
     state   financial  investment.   Under  current   state,                                                                   
     foundation-funding   formula  districts  have   to  make                                                                   
     difficult  choices.   Communities  are   telling  school                                                                   
     boards they  want a  full extra-curricular program,  art                                                                   
     and    music    instruction,     increased    electives,                                                                   
     counselors,      language       immersion      programs,                                                                   
     career/technical      education     programs,      lower                                                                   
     pupil/teacher  ratios, pre-K  programs, summer  classes,                                                                   
     and a myriad of other needs and wants.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Add to  this the great  efforts districts are  making to                                                                   
     increase  student   achievement  on  standardized   test                                                                   
     through interventions and individualized instruction.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     We  simply  cannot  continue  to ask  districts  to  add                                                                   
     "just  one more  thing" without  additional  investments                                                                   
     into education.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     And  so,  I  implore  you   if  it  is  your  intent  to                                                                   
     encourage or  even require  a middle college  program is                                                                   
     to:                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          1. Leave that decision up to local school                                                                             
             districts who know what is best for their                                                                          
             students; and                                                                                                      
          2. Invest in the program so that districts do not                                                                     
             have to drop something already in place in                                                                         
             order to take on this initiative.                                                                                  
1:15:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOOTEN stated  the AASB stands ready to work  with entities to                                                              
help implement  the proposal to  increase academic  achievement in                                                              
the state.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  clarified that there  was no attempt to  take power                                                              
away from  local school boards.   He said  he hoped Mr.  Wooten is                                                              
not saying  it has to do with  unfunded mandates and  that nothing                                                              
can be done until the money is there.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOOTEN said he was not saying that at all.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS announced  the next  presentation would  be by  Dr.                                                              
Deena Bishop, Superintendent of the Anchorage School District.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:17:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEENA  BISHOP,  PhD., Superintendent,  Anchorage  School  District                                                              
(ASD), described  the make-up of  the school district in  terms of                                                              
ethnicity and  languages spoken.   She  said minority  groups make                                                              
up over 50 percent  of the total student population.   She went on                                                              
to describe  the variables that  impact instruction.   She pointed                                                              
out   that  53   percent   of   the  students   are   economically                                                              
disadvantaged.    She spoke briefly  to the cultural  capital that                                                              
comes with  students of means  as opposed  to students who  do not                                                              
have parents who attended college.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
DR.  BISHOP outlined  ASD  Opportunities by  Choices  on slide  5.                                                              
She  focused  on  Alaska  Middle   College  School  (AMCS).    She                                                              
explained  the development  of the  school.   She  said the  state                                                              
provides funds for  students, but it depends on school  size.  She                                                              
said  a new  funding source  had  been developed,  and the  school                                                              
funds itself without  taking money from anywhere else.   She added                                                              
that the  Eagle River  campus is the  largest and most  successful                                                              
part.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:24:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP  spoke to  CTE as a  driver in slide  6, which  read as                                                              
follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     CTE Concentrators                                                                                                          
             • Students completing two full credits of CTE                                                                      
               in their high school years                                                                                       
             • Had a graduation rate of 92.8 percent                                                                            
     Students with disabilities                                                                                                 
             • CTE concentrators had a graduation rate of                                                                       
               83 percent                                                                                                       
             • NOT CTE concentrators had a graduation rate                                                                      
               of 53 percent                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP gave  some background and history of the  program.  She                                                              
said the main idea  was that the program did not  want to become a                                                              
high  school.     Students   take  college   placement  exams   or                                                              
Accuplacer  for the  English  Language  Arts or  Math.   The  main                                                              
guarantee  is  that  students who  participate  will  be  college-                                                              
ready.   She gave personal  experience of her daughter's  interest                                                              
in staying  in her school in order  to show that programs  need to                                                              
be matched  to where children are.   She explained that  model for                                                              
the middle college  was the early-middle college model.   She said                                                              
that when  students get on  to the campus,  they love  the program                                                              
and stay.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DR.  BISHOP  outlined AMCS  on  slide  7,  which read  as  follows                                                              
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
        • In collaboration with UAA                                                                                             
       • Provides opportunities for high school juniors                                                                         
          and seniors to earn college credit on a college                                                                       
          campus (place based)                                                                                                  
             o Concurrent enrollment                                                                                            
             o Dual credit                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP  said the  partnership between  schools and  UA is                                                                   
crucial.   She  said  the state  has different  outcomes  for                                                                   
high school  students and  college students.   She  mentioned                                                                   
Title IX rules  regarding students.  She shared  the story of                                                                   
a bright student  who was counseled out into  the UA program.                                                                   
He had struggled  with the structure of the  college setting.                                                                   
She said  there are FAFSA  regulations regarding  student aid                                                                   
and grades.   She added  the student  was directed to  online                                                                   
learning and had successfully completed the program.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:30:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.  BISHOP spoke  to related  costs in  slide 8.   She  explained                                                              
that funding comes  from the state and a small  portion comes from                                                              
the federal  government.    She  added that UAA  fees are  paid by                                                              
credit and that the cost does include books and transportation.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP described  the development of Matanuska-Susitna  Middle                                                              
College School.   She underlined that the total  credits earned in                                                              
2017-2018 was 1,437.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP  described the CERC -  Chugiak - Eagle River  Campus in                                                              
slide  12.    She  stated  it  is  the  largest  program  and  she                                                              
indicated that  total credits earned  in CERC, UAA Main,  ANSEP in                                                              
2018-2019 will be 2,760.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP  provided information on  the demographics of  AMCS for                                                              
2018-2019 in slide  13. She pointed to the male-female  ratio. She                                                              
stated that 61.5  percent of students in 2018-2019  are white. She                                                              
gave the  example of outreach  through approaching a  black church                                                              
group which  had resulted  in 15 new  students the following  day.                                                              
She  explained  knowledge  is  shared   beyond  traditional  media                                                              
through community outreach.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:35:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP  gave results  of student feedback  on slide  14, which                                                              
read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
       • Collected during the midterm gathering at the                                                                          
          Main Campus                                                                                                           
        • Students reported best features as:                                                                                   
           o Sense of independence and responsibility                                                                           
             o Flexibility in schedule                                                                                          
             o Ability to get ahead in college                                                                                  
        • Students reported best resources as                                                                                   
             o Anchorage School District teachers                                                                               
             o Resources available on campus to support                                                                         
               emotionally and academically                                                                                     
       • Students reported math as the most challenging                                                                         
          subject                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:37:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP gave  the collected parent feedback on  slide 15, which                                                              
read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
       • Collected during the parent gathering at Main                                                                          
          Campus                                                                                                                
        • Parents reported best features as:                                                                                    
             o College environment                                                                                              
             o Challenging coursework                                                                                           
             o Opportunity to get a head start on college                                                                       
               while fulfilling high school graduation                                                                          
               requirements                                                                                                     
       • Parents appreciate support their students are                                                                          
          given by ASD staff as they transition to college                                                                      
          level work                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP spoke  to successes on slide 16, which  read as follows                                                              
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     2017-2018                                                                                                                  
          • Two graduates earned enough credit for a                                                                            
          Associates Degree                                                                                                     
     2018-2019                                                                                                                  
        • Five National Merit Scholar Semifinalists                                                                             
          • One senior will graduate May 2019 with a                                                                            
          Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP reiterated the partnership aspect of the                                                                             
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS asked  for confirmation that not all  students go on                                                              
to  the college  campus, and  some  classes happen  on the  school                                                              
campus.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP  answered that  the primary way  they offer  credits is                                                              
through the  middle college school.   She added a lot  of the high                                                              
school teachers are adjuncts at the university.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:40:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES  asked  for  further   information  regarding  the                                                              
middle  college students  on  the university  campus.   She  asked                                                              
about extracurricular activities.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DR.  BISHOP   answered  that  school   activities  occur   at  the                                                              
students' home  high school.   She said  the students also  have a                                                              
college ID and can  attend college events as well.   She explained                                                              
the  location of  the main  hub on  campus for  the students.  She                                                              
added the counselors and advisors are located there.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES  asked  whether   the  teachers  are  teaching  to                                                              
classes or whether  college professors come to  the middle college                                                              
to teach.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP  answered that  instructors only  teach in  the evening                                                              
or as adjunct teachers  at UAA.  She added that  ANSEP has its own                                                              
teachers and is operated in a cohort model.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES asked where the cohort is located.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP  answered that ANSEP  is located in the  ANSEP building                                                              
on [UAA] campus.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:45:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD asked why  Chugiak/Eagle River  campus is                                                              
so cost effective and successful.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP  opined  it was because  from the  "get-go" there  were                                                              
people  who want  success.   She  underlined some  of the  initial                                                              
difficulties of setting up the program.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:48:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHY  MOFFITT,   Director,  Administrative   Projects,  Anchorage                                                              
School District (ASD),  indicated she had been  first principal of                                                              
that school.   She added that parents  had been invited  in to the                                                              
process.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL  asked how  students  see  the opportunity.    He                                                              
asked how Dr. Bishop sees the management working.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP  answered that there is  a need to teach kids  from the                                                              
beginning   to   become   college-ready.    She   spoke   to   the                                                              
communication  that occurs  through advisors  so that parents  and                                                              
students  know the  program exists  to  help them  get to  college                                                              
level.   She  added  that in  Matanuska-Susitna,  the majority  of                                                              
students  left school with  a total  of 48  college credits.   She                                                              
said the  majority stay but  UAA credits  transfer and some  go to                                                              
college out of state.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:52:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP mentioned  the benefit  of saving  a year  of                                                              
college  tuition  and the  effect  of  driving down  student  loan                                                              
debt.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS  mentioned students  coasting through  senior year                                                              
and asked how this is addressed.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DR.  BISHOP said  they find  that  when students  are doing  well,                                                              
they do  take a  break.   She underlined  that the program  allows                                                              
for an  on-ramp and off-ramp.   She added  that for  some, another                                                              
program is more suitable.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:55:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES spoke  to the  different development  of boys  and                                                              
girls.   She noted the higher number of girls enrolled.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP deferred to Ms. Moffitt.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MOFFITT  answered that  females  were  ready  to move  on  to                                                              
college  level  courses  and  environment.    She  said  boys  are                                                              
motivated differently  and often  are happier  in the  high school                                                              
environment.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:57:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   REINBOLD   spoke  to   curriculum.     She   said                                                              
municipalities are  stressed that they don't have  contracts right                                                              
now.  She  said she had heard  that teachers wanted more  input on                                                              
the curriculum.   She  mentioned Saxon  Math and Spalding  Reading                                                              
rather than the "goofy-go math."                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP answered  the key terms were on academic  freedom.  She                                                              
said  teaching occurs  within  a framework  of  autonomy, but  the                                                              
program  has to  be monitored  and  changed as  appropriate.   She                                                              
said the program includes an awareness of phonics.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  announced that  the next  presentation would  be on                                                              
the Kodiak Middle College.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:59:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
[Due to audio difficulties, the testimony is difficult to hear.]                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DR. LARRY LEDOUX, Superintendent, Kodiak Island Borough School                                                                  
District (KIBSD), said the mission of the KIBSD is to ensure                                                                    
that all students are work-ready and college-ready [indisc.]                                                                    
President Johnsen talking about 2040 [indisc.]  He said the                                                                     
district is taking a close look at providing leadership to                                                                      
parents who do not have access to pre-school.  He emphasized                                                                    
that the work done in the Kodiak Middle College will not have                                                                   
effect if the children are not prepared early on.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:03:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELISSA HAFFEMAN,  Principal, Kodiak Middle School,  Kodiak Island                                                              
Borough School  District  (KIBSD) presented  on the Kodiak  Middle                                                              
College.    She mentioned  that  as  a  fishing community,  it  is                                                              
important  to  educate  welders  and construction  workers.    She                                                              
spoke to partnerships  with Kodiak College, the need  to reach out                                                              
to  employers to  ascertain their  needs as  well as  the need  to                                                              
improve internal processes.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  HAFFEMAN spoke  to  Current Misalignment  Pre-School  through                                                              
Post-Secondary in  slide 2.  She  said significant work  is needed                                                              
to improve the  transition from elementary to middle  school.  She                                                              
                              thth                                                                                              
spoke of  a "dip" at 6   grade and again  in 9  grade  when pupils                                                              
transition into high school.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:08:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  HAFFEMAN   advanced  to  slide   3,  Middle   College  Design                                                              
Necessitates Alignment  System-Wide.  She mentioned  a forthcoming                                                              
pre-school grant  will give each  child in Kodiak,  Alaska, access                                                              
to  pre-school.     She  spoke  of  backwards   design,  or  "back                                                              
scaffolding" of the  system, so that middle school  students start                                                              
to explore their interests towards an AA or certificate.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAFFEMAN  addressed slide  5 on  Raising the  Bar to  Create a                                                              
Vacuum.  She  said that raising  the bar at the highest  level, at                                                              
  thth                                                                                                                          
11   and  12   grade,  necessitates  preparation at  the  earliest                                                              
stages of school.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:11:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAFFEMAN addressed slide 8 on Personalized Education Plans.                                                                 
She said  she hears that  only parents who  don't work or  who can                                                              
come into  the school regularly  are aware  of the programs.   She                                                              
said there  is a need  to make them  transparent for  all families                                                              
in  a  variety  of  languages.   She  said  parental  and  student                                                              
                                   th                                                                                           
notification  needs to  begin in  6   grade so  that students  are                                                              
taking preparatory  classes early in  order to reach  a determined                                                              
level by high school and on to postsecondary education.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  HAFFEMAN  spoke  to  slide  10  on  Current  College  Credits                                                              
offerings at Kodiak High School:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     1. Advanced Placement Courses                                                                                              
     2. Concurrent Enrollment with Kodiak College                                                                               
     3. College Credit through University of Alaska                                                                             
     Southeast                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAFFEMAN  presented  an overview  of AP courses.   She  stated                                                              
the   school  does   not  have   wrap-around   services  such   as                                                              
counselling  to move onto  the pathway  for degrees. Some  classes                                                              
are  available,  but none  are  articulated into  a  comprehensive                                                              
pathway.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAFFEMAN  gave a sample  view in a  program designed  to "grow                                                              
your  own" teachers  in  Kodiak,  Alaska, as  well  as a  standard                                                              
pathway.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:16:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.  MEL  LEVAN,  Principal, Kodiak  High  School,  Kodiak  Island                                                              
Borough School District (KIBSD) introduced himself.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:16:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP spoke  to athletics  and highlighted  that in                                                              
2016 there was  the only under-four-minute mile run  on the Kodiak                                                              
school  track.    He  praised  the   approach  to  hard  work  and                                                              
excellence at the school.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS asked about funding through the district.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
[Due to audio difficulties, the testimony is difficult to hear.]                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DR.  LEDOUX  answered  that  many mechanisms  had  been  used  for                                                              
funding   over  the   years.  Statewide   correspondence   program                                                              
[indisc.]  half their  classes through  state-wide  correspondence                                                              
courses. [indisc.]  want the mixture [indisc.] parents  can opt to                                                              
pay  for some  of  the college  classes  [indisc.]  AP classes  or                                                              
concurrent enrollment [indisc.]                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:22:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES  mentioned that  one  of  the toughest  things  is                                                              
working  with the university.    She expressed  her hope it  would                                                              
have  gotten easier  and  asked about  the  expected timeline  for                                                              
officially offering middle college options.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DR. LEDOUX answered  he is about to sign a contract.   He said the                                                              
university  had been  exemplary  in helping  develop the  program.                                                              
He added  that every UA administrator  had expressed support.   He                                                              
said the  largest university  in the  state has  said it  wants to                                                              
help  and  it  has  worked  out  very well.    He  added  that  he                                                              
represents  one district  [indisc.]   He underlined  that many  of                                                              
the  district  graduates  are  successful;  however,  the  mission                                                              
statement says  "all". [indisc.]  surmised that when  that happens                                                              
there will be middle college for all students in the state.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  reiterated  the aim to  provide opportunities  for                                                              
all  students  in  Kodiak,  Alaska.    She  asked  whether  middle                                                              
college will focus on higher risk students.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DR. LEDOUX  suggested  that once  the programs  are put in  place,                                                              
there will be fewer at-risk students.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:26:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS  announced  the final  presentation  would  be  the                                                              
Matanuska-Susitna Middle College.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:26:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY SPARGO,  Assistant Superintendent  of Instruction,  Matanuska-                                                              
Susitna Borough  (MSBSD), stated her presentation  would provide a                                                              
practitioner's point of view.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:27:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SPARGO  gave a  brief  overview  of the  presentation  before                                                              
moving on to slide  2 on Dual Credit in the Mat-Su,  which read as                                                              
follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     • Advanced  Placement   (AP)   and    International                                                                        
          Baccalaureate (IB)                                                                                                    
      • CTE Articulated Courses (Tech Prep) at each high                                                                        
          school - $25/credit                                                                                                   
        • Concurrent enrollment for Math - $40/credit                                                                           
        • Mat-Su Central allotment for tuition                                                                                  
        • Mat-Su Middle College School                                                                                          
      • ANSEP Acceleration High School Program at Career                                                                        
          Tech High School - $5,000/student                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. SPARGO  described the  Tech Prep  programs. She said  the                                                                   
most recent  course added was  process technology.   She said                                                                   
many students  participate  in Mat-Su Central  part time  and                                                                   
traditional  school classes,  such  as welding,  at the  same                                                                   
time.    She  said  some students  attend traditional  school                                                                   
and get an allotment to take college courses as well.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:30:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  specified Mat-Su  Central is the  local homeschool                                                              
program which is the largest school in the district.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:30:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. SPARGO  said 10 percent of  students enrolled in some  form in                                                              
Mat-Su Central,  around 1,700 students.   She added there  is also                                                              
concurrent enrolment  for Math 121, wherein a  high school teacher                                                              
teaches  the  college   coursework  in  the  high   school.    She                                                              
addressed  the  fact  that  math  is  the  course  with  the  most                                                              
frequent  need for  remediation.    She went  on  to describe  the                                                              
ANSEP program.   She  said the program  is subsidized  with grants                                                              
so has no extended cost for the district.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:32:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. SPARGO  spoke to Alaska  and Mat-Su Middle College  Enrollment                                                              
history. She  said there  had not been  as much student  enrolment                                                              
as  initially  expected.   She  added  that many  students  simply                                                              
don't want to leave their schools.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SPARGO addressed  slide 5  on Alaska  Middle College  Student                                                              
Success, which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
        • To Date:                                                                                                              
           o 55 Graduates with an Associates of Arts                                                                            
             o 1936 College Credits Earned                                                                                      
        • Spring 2015                                                                                                           
             o 101 College Students                                                                                             
                  square4 15 Anchorage School District Students                                                                 
             o Semester Avg. UAA GPA=3.17                                                                                       
             o Overall Avg. UAA GPA=3.23                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SPARGO  moved  to  slide  8 on  Benefits  to  MSBSD  and  Our                                                              
Students, which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                
                                                                                                                                
        • Course Offerings                                                                                                      
          Eagle River Campus - 53 100 & 200 Level Courses                                                                       
          Mat-Su College Campus - 183 100 & 200 Level                                                                           
     Courses                                                                                                                    
        • College Campus                                                                                                        
           Designated Science Labs, Theater, Student                                                                            
       Government and Clubs, Robust Technology Center and                                                                       
        Student Learning Labs                                                                                                   
        • Location                                                                                                              
       - Transportation Benefits                                                                                                
        Access to High School Activities                                                                                        
        • Degree and Certification Options                                                                                      
        Associate of Applied Science                                                                                            
        Occupational Endorsements                                                                                               
     • Cost  Savings    on    Lease    and    Contracted                                                                        
          Transportation Services                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. SPARGO  Spoke to funding.  She  said the school only  pays the                                                              
college  credits it  uses.   She  explained that  the program  had                                                              
also  attracted  Anchorage, Alaska,  students.    She stated  that                                                              
many  enrolled in  the homeschool  program and  also took  college                                                              
classes.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:38:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GREG  GIAUQUE,   Principal,  Mat-Su   Middle  College,   presented                                                              
numbers of  personnel at  MSMCS, which  read as follows  [original                                                              
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     1.0 FTE English/Social Studies Teacher                                                                                     
     1.0 FTE Guidance Counselor/APEX Teacher                                                                                    
     1.0 FTE Principal/Teacher (Math/Science)                                                                                   
     .5 FTE Administrative Assistant/Registrar                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. GIAUQUE  suggested one of the  reasons the program  is so                                                                   
successful is  that it offers  transition assistance  for the                                                                   
students  to  aid  them in  moving  into  the  college  level                                                                   
courses.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. GIAUQUE  moved to slides 10-11  on Program design,  which read                                                              
as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Advising                                                                                                                   
        • College Advisors & High School Counselors                                                                             
        • Scheduling (GPA, Test Scores & Student Goals)                                                                         
     Orientation                                                                                                                
        • Focus on Transition & Success                                                                                         
        • New & Continued Student Differentiation                                                                               
     Structured Support                                                                                                         
        • Seminar Classes                                                                                                       
        • High School Classes                                                                                                   
     Books                                                                                                                      
        • Distribution & collection                                                                                             
     Add/ Drop & Withdraw                                                                                                       
        • Coaching students                                                                                                     
     Academic Probation                                                                                                         
        • Reduction in credit                                                                                                   
        • On track to graduate                                                                                                  
        • Retake courses with W/D or F if possible                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:44:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SPARGO underlined  that the  success rate  for Mat-Su  Middle                                                              
College  students  is  higher  than  for  students  who  take  the                                                              
classes as adults.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. GIAUQUE  moved to  slide 12 on  MMSMCS Course Enrollment  Data                                                              
2018, which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                    
        • Students Taking 6-8 Credits  24                                                                                       
        • Students Taking 9-11 Credits 78                                                                                       
        • Students Taking 12-14 Credits 62                                                                                      
        • Students Taking 15+ Credits  13                                                                                       
        • 630 sections on campus and 9 via web                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. GIAUQUE  added that the majority  of the students over  a two-                                                              
year period earn about 45 credits.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:45:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. GIAUQUE  addressed slide  13 on  MSBSD Middle College  Student                                                              
Performance  Data,  Class  of  2018.   He  pointed  out  that  the                                                              
                             st                                                                                                 
students performed  in the 81   percentile in reading  and writing                                                              
and in the 70th percentile in math.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:45:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. SPARGO  compared Mat-Su Middle  College demographics  to those                                                              
of the  rest of  the school  district.   She highlighted  there is                                                              
also a  stand-alone  ANSEP program  with 50 students.   She  added                                                              
there  are more  Alaska  Native students  accessing  postsecondary                                                              
credit than represented across the district.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. SPARGO  turned to the next  slide, and pointed out  that twice                                                              
as many girls  as boys attending  the Mat-Su Middle College.   She                                                              
related that boys  love their high school and  friends, which they                                                              
would need  to leave  to attend  the Mat-Su  Middle College.   She                                                              
added  there is  a  disproportionate number  of  boys in  computer                                                              
sciences and other technical options as well.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. SPARGO  said in  the Mat-Su Middle  College School  84 percent                                                              
of  students are  passing their  classes, compared  to 72  percent                                                              
for non-MSMS students.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:48:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. GIAUQUE addressed  slide 18 on Mat-Su & Alaska  Middle College                                                              
Student  Success,  which  read as  follows  [original  punctuation                                                              
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
        • To Date:                                                                                                              
          o 82 Graduates with an Associates of Arts or                                                                          
             equivalent                                                                                                         
          o 13,600 College Credits Earned                                                                                       
        • Spring 2018                                                                                                           
             o 168 College Students                                                                                             
             o Completion Rate 93.3 percent                                                                                     
             o Overall Avg. UAA GPA=3.25                                                                                        
             o APS AVG. 60 percent                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. GIAUQUE  addressed Mat-Su  and Alaska  Middle College  Student                                                              
Success.   He noted that 112  students had been recipients  of the                                                              
Alaska  Performance Scholarship.    Total scholarship  awards  for                                                              
2018 were $2,095,561,  and 49 percent of students  received one or                                                              
more scholarships.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. SPARGO spoke  to budget considerations.  She said  that due to                                                              
the good  partnership with the  university, the middle  college is                                                              
on par  with what it  costs for any  high school in  the district.                                                              
She said  they believe it  is an investment  in the  community and                                                              
the colleges.   She stated that  in traditional schools,  the main                                                              
expense is personnel.   In the middle college school,  much of the                                                              
personnel is already on the faculty of the university.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:52:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES asked  about limits to course offerings.  She asked                                                              
about lab fees or reusing textbooks.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR GIAUQUE  answered that  currently the  only limit currently  is                                                              
age-related, such as  a work experience in a  doctor's office, for                                                              
which  the minimum  age is  18.  He  gave the  example of  private                                                              
pilot ground school which would have cost $18,000.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  asked about  concerns regarding  ages of  students                                                              
on campus.   She enquired whether  there is a designated  space on                                                              
campus for the younger group.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. SPARGO  answered that behavior  on the college campus  is also                                                              
taught.   There is a special  space as a  home base. She  said the                                                              
students become very independent.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR.  GIAUQUE answered  teenagers  are teenagers  but  as a  whole,                                                              
they understand  why they are there.   He said having  a business-                                                              
like attitude sets the tone for the rest of the day.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. SPARGO  said open  campus is  not developmentally  appropriate                                                              
for all  age groups.   She stated currently  9th and  10th graders                                                              
are  housed in  a  school  that is  not  open campus  and  college                                                              
professors come to them.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:59:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEVENS  commented that  what  had  been learned  in  the                                                              
meeting would  have enormous  impact on  how things moved  forward                                                              
in the coming session.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:00:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There  being  no  further business  before  the  Senate  Education                                                              
Standing  Committee   and  House   Education  Standing   Committee                                                              
meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                

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California Middle Colleges.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Colorado Early Colleges.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Connecticut Early College Press Release.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Delaware State University.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Florida Statute.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Idaho-DualCreditBro-2017.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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IDHS_EarlyCollegeSummary2017v7.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Michigan Department of Education.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Michigan MEMCA.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Montana Running Start Law.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
SEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
New Hampshire Running Start.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
SEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
University of Northwestern MN.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Oregon Running Start Article.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Oregon Running Start Article.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Seattle Times Article.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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2014 Washington Report.Running Start.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Washington Cooperative Agreement.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Utah Law.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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2018 AC PAST Bio.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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2014.04.24.052c.Report.Running Start.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Alaska Middle College K12 PAST 10.2018.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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2018_Summer_ECEmagazine.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Design_Principals_-_Rev._10-2016_537882_7.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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DualEnroll NCSL March 2008.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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EMC_Brochure_Digital_20180813_634740_7.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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EMC_FAQs_634735_7.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Iron Dale High School.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
SEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
Middle College Meeting Contact Information.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
SEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
Middle College National Consortium.docx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
SEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
Spokesman Review Article.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Press_Release_Transfer_Credits_Resolution_of_Support_Resolution.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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ACPE 111318 Presentation.pptx HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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President Johnsen UA Bridging Programs Final.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Jennifer Zinth ECS Presentation 11.13.18.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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NCSL Middle College Presentation.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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NCSL Middle College Memo.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Dr. Annalies Corbin Presentation.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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WICHE Presentation.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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Norm Wooten AASB Testimony.pdf HEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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ACPE 111318 Presentation.pdf SEDC 11/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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